Ayodhya Verdict: Security beefed up for five SC judges; all states on alert
New Delhi : With Supreme Court set to announce verdict on sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, security for five SC judges, including Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, has been increased.
A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Chief Justice-designate Justice SA Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice SA Nazeer will be pronouncing the verdict at around 10:30 AM on Saturday.
The judgment was reserved by the bench on October 16, a 40-day long daily trial that had started on August 6.
According to a report in NDTV, CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s security has been upgraded to Z category.
All states and Union Territories have been put on high alert. Section 144 has been imposed in the whole of Uttar Pradesh.
Ayodhya SSP Ashish Tiwari said: “We have activated all the barriers on all our inter-district borders, two hundred police mobiles (teams) have been activated in Ayodhya and movement of forces have been started for deploying at different places in Ayodhya. More forces have been deployed at the areas having mixed populations of both communities.”
Meanwhile, the governments have announced holiday for school, colleges, educational institutions and training centres on November 9 to 11.
Two helicopters have been kept on standby in Lucknow and Ayodhya to tackle any possible emergency. Security arrangements in Delhi have also been tightened.
The Centre has asked all states to remain alert ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute and ensure security in sensitive areas.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also dispatched around 4,000 paramilitary personnel for security deployment in Uttar Pradesh, particularly in Ayodhya.