Ayodhya verdict today: UP CM Yodi Adityanath urges people to maintain peace and harmony
Lucknow : With Supreme Court set to announce its verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urged people to maintain peace and harmony.
As he echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal, Adityanath said it is everyone's responsibility to maintain peace around them.
UP Chief Minister also said that the state authorities are committed to maintaining law and order.
"The government will deal sternly with anyone who is found disturbing peace," he said.
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.
Hindus believe the 16th-century Babri Masjid was built over a temple dedicated to Hindu god Ram, whose birthplace is also considered to be at the site.
The mosque was demolished by a mob of thousands in 1992, triggering a cycle of violence and riots across India.
All states and Union Territories have been put on high alert. Section 144 has been imposed in the whole of Uttar Pradesh.
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.