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Order welcomed, alert for V-day

With the Supreme Court clearing the way for the Allahabad High Court to deliver its verdict in the Ayodhya title case on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh government sounded a statewide alert.

lucknow Updated: Sep 28, 2010 23:33 IST
HT Correspondents

With the Supreme Court clearing the way for the Allahabad High Court to deliver its verdict in the Ayodhya title case on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh government sounded a statewide alert.

The government directed officials to step up vigil and maintain law and order on Tuesday.

CM Mayawati held an emergency meeting with civil and police officers to review law and order ahead of the verdict.

Mayawati appealed to people not to allow communal and anti-social elements to disrupt peace, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said.

“The chief minister also requested officials to provide adequate security to both Allahabad and Lucknow benches of the High Court,” he said.

While the central government has provided around 50 companies of paramilitary forces, the state government has also deployed 150 companies of PAC, a large police force and 100,000 home guards.

Political parties and bodies linked with the Ayodhya dispute welcomed the apex court’s decision.

“The apex court has paved the way for the High Court judgment on September 30 (Thursday). It’s for the state government now to ensure security,” said Vinay Katiyar, BJP’s national vice-president.

UP Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi also urged people to maintain peace. “It’s time for the people to show that they would remain united,” she said.

Zafaryab Jilani, counsel for Central Sunni Waqf Board, one of the parties to the dispute, said: “We are satisfied with Supreme Court order. It is a welcome move.”

The Additional Director General (Law And Order) Brijlal said security forces were geared to maintain peace.

Security preparations had been going on for the past two months, he said. Stress has been laid on community policing by involving local government employees.

The central government had banned sending bulk text messages last week. The state police has made arrangements to track down people who send offensive text messages.