State govt taking no chances ahead of Friday’s verdict on Babri dispute
No two-wheelers or parking for four-wheelers on Ganesh immersion routes and a stern warning to news channels not to air footage that could cause communal unrest.mumbai Updated: Sep 22, 2010 00:42 IST
No two-wheelers or parking for four-wheelers on Ganesh immersion routes and a stern warning to news channels not to air footage that could cause communal unrest.
These are just some of the precautions being taken by the state ahead of the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute to be delivered on Friday.
Although intelligence agencies have not sounded an alert, the state is taking no chances. Wary of trouble during Ganesh immersions on Wednesday, heavy security has been planned throughout the city.
CM Ashok Chavan, who spent Tuesday reviewing security measures for Wednesday and Friday, said the police are ready to meet any challenge.
“We foresee no threat, but we’re prepared for any possibility,” he said, after deliberations with the police, political leaders, editors and religious leaders from all communities.
Home Minister R.R. Patil warned against any attempt to foment communal trouble. “Stern action will be taken against those who instigate others. The police have already started arresting anti-social elements,” he said.