Ayodhya case: Verdict at 10.30 am, PM Modi & States appeal for peace

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New Delhi: Ahead of the historic ruling in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at 10.30 am today, multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place in the temple town of Ayodhya.

Section 144 (prohibits an assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Reportedly, 60 companies (90-125 personnel each) of the PAC and paramilitary forces have been deployed.

Drones and CCTV cameras will also be used to monitor the situation ahead of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on Saturday.

Yogi Adityanath’s government has also declared that all educational institutions will remain closed in UP from Saturday to Monday as a precautionary measure.

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, schools and colleges across the country are to be remained closed from Saturday. The Karnataka government declared that all schools and colleges in the state will remain closed on November 9 in view of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

Restrictions have also been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir with schools and colleges to remain closed today.

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have also declared a holiday for all educational institutes in the state in view of the verdict. Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in Delhi is also scheduled to remain closed on Saturday.

Authorities said social media posts will be monitored to ensure that no attempt is made to vitiate the atmosphere by spreading fake or inflammatory content.

Anticipating strong reactions to the verdict from various sections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his Council of Ministers to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the issue and to maintain harmony in the country.

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The case, which has spanned centuries of religious history and languished in the legal system for almost seven decades, is finally expected to see a closure, as a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronounces its verdict.

The Bench of Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, apart from CJI Gogoi, had on October 16 reserved ist judgment after a marathon hearing of 40 days.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be divided equally among three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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