The nation took the Ayodhya verdict in its stride, with no violence or tension reported from anywhere. But security forces in all states, particularly Uttar Pradesh, still kept their fingers crossed.
Top police officers in Lucknow said the next 24 hours would be crucial. Not taking any chances, security personnel will continue aerial surveys of Ayodhya by helicopters with powerful searchlights on Thursday night and Friday.
On Thursday, senior officers stationed at the office of DGP Karamveer Singh were busy processing reports from district police chiefs and issuing last-minute instructions. The conference room in the DGP’s office resembled a war room.
“Our three-dimensional security arrangement — by land, air and water — is ready to meet any challenge,” said Additional Director General (Law and Order) Brij Lal.