Ayodhya verdict: Centre identifies 32 sensitive locations

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New Delhi, Sep. 29 (ANI): With just 24 hours left for the much awaited on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits, the Central Government has identified thirty two sensitive locations across the country that would need security related monitoring.

According to the Home Ministry, out of these thirty-two locations, four are in Uttar Pradesh.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has already appealed for peace and advised against concluding the verdict being for one side or the other.

The Home Ministry has also issued advisories to states and Union Territories to keep their forces on high alert as the judgement could trigger contradictory reactions.

The government has kept forces at 16 places for prompt deployment, including by heavy lift aircraft like the IL-76.

These locations are close to airports and the security forces would be airborne in 10 minutes in case such a requirement arises.

The 16 locations where the Indian Air Force has positioned IL-76 and AN-32 transport aircraft for the purpose of airlifting, includes Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Bagdogra and Delhi. Cities like Hyderabad and Delhi have also identified has restricted sites.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have also been ordered by the Home Ministry to keep reinforcements ready as and when needed by states for deployment in sensitive areas after the verdict. The ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes continues.

The Ministry has also asked states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala-and Union Territories to give "top most priority" in maintaining law and order and to keep a close watch on the activities of religious bodies of both communities.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday gave its nod to the court"s Lucknow Bench to go ahead with its announcement of the judgment in the case, as it rejected an appeal that sought to defer the Allahabad Court"s verdict on the Ayodhya-Ramjanambhoomi title issue.

"Having considered in detail the arguments of the parties, we are of the view that the special leave petition (SLP) has to be dismissed. Accordingly, the SLP stands dismissed," said the apex court"s three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia in a brief order.

The court"s order came after two hours of arguments on a plea for the deferment of the judgement by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court filed by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi seeking time for working out an out-of-court settlement.

The Lucknow Bench will announce its verdict on the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title case on Thursday at 3.30 p.m. (ANI)

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