The Delhi Police are planning to pull off officers securing Commonwealth Games venues in the face of a potential contingency after the Ayodhya verdict expected on Thursday.
"More than 175 companies of paramilitary forces such as the NSG, CISF, ITBP, BSF among others are already securing the Games venues. Keeping this in mind, how does it matter if a few Delhi Police officers are rushed to counter an emergency situation if it arises in the capital?" asked a senior Delhi Police officer on condition of anonymity.
Even as the Delhi Police claimed to be equipped to handle any law and order situation resulting as a fall-out of the verdict, schools located in 'sensitive' areas declared off days and scores of people travelling to and from the Capital have postponed their plans.
"I was supposed to travel home to Kanpur tomorrow and had even bought the ticket. But as I was packing to leave, my parents called me and asked me to postpone my journey," said Ayushi Kakkar (18), a DU student.
Many government schools in areas such as Usmanpur and Seelampur in northeast and others in southeast Delhi's Jamia Nagar and Okhla have declared a holiday.
"The verdict has no bearing on our children whatsoever, but we have to be concerned about their safety. Also, the children themselves told us that the teachers had asked them to stay at home, just in case," said Uzma Hashmi (35), a resident of Seelampur's A block.
In north Delhi, both Hindu and Muslim residents organised prayer meetings and events to express solidarity regardless of the verdict from the high court on Thursday.