The Centre has mobilised forces at 16 strategic locations for airlifting and swiftly deploying them anywhere in the country in case of any exigency arising out of the Allahabad High Court judgement on Ayodhya title suit and asked all states, particularly UP, to remain alert.
Giving top priority to maintaining law and order, Home Minister P Chidambaram today took stock of the security situation in the country and directed all concerned to ensure peace after the verdict on Ayodhya case.
Chidambaram also visited his Ministry's Control Room and Integrated Operations Centre and reviewed their functioning.
The Home Ministry has identified 32 sensitive locations across the country -- four of them in Uttar Pradesh -- where there is a potential for "evoking of sharp reactions" following the verdict and asked states to be fully alert.
The Centre is keeping ready paramilitary forces at 16 strategic locations -- closer to airports -- for immediate deployment in the places of trouble anywhere in the country.
AN 32 and IL 76 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force are also being kept ready in eight of the 16 locations, which include Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Bagdogra and Delhi.
The Home Ministry has already prepared a contingency plan to deal with any situation arising out of the Allahabad High Court judgement, which will come on Thursday.
In an advisory, the Home Ministry has asked all states --especially UP, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala -- and Union Territories to give "top most priority" in maintaining law and order.
In its communication, the Ministry also informed states and UTs of the activities of various religious groups which have already announced countrywide mass mobilisation and awareness campaign in view of the forthcoming court verdict.
Maintaining that the court verdict "is likely to evoke sharp reactions and communal passions among both Hindus and Muslims depending on the way the judgement goes", the Ministry has asked states and UTs to keep a close watch on activities of religious bodies of both the communities in the run-up to the judgement.
The Home Ministry has asked paramilitary forces, including CRPF and Rapid Action Force (RAF), to keep reinforcements ready as and when needed by states for deployment in sensitive areas after the verdict.
The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea for deferment of verdict on Ayodhya case paving the way for the Allahabad High Court to deliver its judgement in the 60-year-old Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.