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MP maintains a tight vigil ahead of Ayodhya judgement

india Updated: Sep 17, 2010 10:52 IST

In view of what happened after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh wants to ensure that nothing untoward happens after the judgement on the Ayodhya case is delivered on September 24.

Following the riots which took place after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the then BJP government in Madhya Pradesh was dismissed along with same party governments in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in 1992.

In what appears to be a case of "once bitten twice shy", the BJP government does not want anything to happen that could mar its image in the eyes of the people.

"I don't think that communal situation like 1992 will occur in Madhya Pradesh post Ayodhya verdict, but we are not taking any chances and police is maintaining a tight vigil in the state," Madhya Pradesh Home Minister, Uma Shankar Gupta told PTI today.

"We have directed officials to deploy entire police force in the field including those who were not doing field duties at present and also called the 100 per cent Home Guard jawans in the state for maintaining communal harmony at any cost," Gupta said.

Though there are remote chances of any communal disturbance, anybody found indulging in such activities will be firmly dealt with, the Minister said when asked whether there is any fear of repeat of 1992 situation.