The verdict is out now and the next twenty-four hours are crucial for Uttar Pradesh police. The top police brasses are keeping their finger crossed.
Even though massive security arrangements have been made all over the state, there is a feeling among the senior officers that Thursday night and Friday would be crucial for law and order machinery.
Thus, the police would be hopping around in helicopters throughout the night. Friday is significant because of the prayer at various mosques located across the state. The security personnels have been directed to remain on alert. No report of any untoward incident was received till the filing of the report.
On Thursday morning the senior cops stationed at the DGP office were busy collecting feedback from the district chief and passing out the last minute instructions. The conference room located in the DGP office was converted into a war room.
Our three dimensional security arrangement - land, air and water is ready to meet any challenge, said the ADG (Law and Order), Brij Lal and added all the drills and dry runs have been completed we are monitoring the situation in the sensitive areas.
“All is quiet on the eastern as well as western districts,” a senior cop informs ADG. “We are ready to check untoward incidents after the High Court delivers its judgement on Ayodhya issue”, he said.
To strengthen the security measures in the 18 sensitive districts the state government started shifting the central paramilitary forces (CPMF) deployed at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court and on the premises of the Allahabad High Court. Thirty companies of CPMF had been deployed on the High Court. The state government had planned to station one company each on the premises of Lucknow and Allahabad High Court respectively.
After the High Court delivered its judgement at 4.05 pm a meeting of the head of various police units was held under the chairmanship of DGP, Karamvir Singh. The IGP of Lucknow, Meerut and Varanasi zones were directed to carry out aerial surveillance by the choppers stationed at the three air bases.
The superintendent of police of all the districts were directed to ensure that there was no celebration or protest by any community.
“The ban on firing, fireworks, organization of meetings and rallies would continue”, the DGP said.
The district police chief have prepared the community-policing plan. A register carrying the telephone numbers of the natives residing in various villages were prepared. “The police chief have been directed to keep in touch with the members of community police to prevent the activities of the anti social activities”, Brij Lal said.
The police officials have been also directed to organize a meeting of the peace committees in the sensitive areas. “The influential persons of both the communities have been urged to give a call of peace and harmony.