Ayodhya Verdict: Security Measures Taken Across Nation
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As a precautionary measure to prevent law and order problems after the Ayodhya title suit verdict on September 24, states across the country are taking precautionary measures to maintain communal harmony.

Chouhan Reserves Day to Monitor Security System in MP

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan put aside all his engagements for the day to monitor preparations on security arrangements in the state in wake of the impending Ayodhya verdict.

"Chouhan has reserved the full day today. He will meet State Chief Secretary Avani Vaish and Director General of Police, Santosh Kumar Raut to discuss various steps taken by them to maintain law and order situation in various districts of the state," said officials at the CM's residence.

The Chief Minister has also called a meeting of all the seven MLAs in the city, Bhopal Mayor Krishna Gaur, all religious heads and other representatives at his official residence to chalk out measures to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state, they said.

Madhya Pradesh Police has appealed to people not to heed to any rumour and sought their co-operation for amity in the state. It also asked people to immediately report to police control room if they receive any inciting message on their cellphones.

Two such cases were registered in Indore yesterday and a person was arrested in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Barkatullah University here has cancelled examinations for Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Business Administration in view of the Ayodhya title suits judgement slated to be pronounced on September 24.

However, exams for Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) course remained on schedule, which is causing worry among students.

A delegation of BUMS students and their guardians today addressed the matter to University Vice-Chancellor Nisha Dubey requesting her to cancel the exams and declare fresh dates to instill a sense of security in them.

Security Measures Tightened in Meerut

A local court here in Meerut issued notices to 4,812 persons to appear before it, police said today.

The persons, belonging to BJP, SP, Congress and several other parties, have been summoned on the basis of a police report which stated that they could get involved in breach of peace after the verdict.

Former BJP minister Lakshmi Kant Bajpai has questioned the basis of these notices issued to the political workers.

He said that the option of appealing to the Supreme Court after the verdict will be open to anyone who is unsatisfied.

Muslim leaders have also appealed to their community to exercise restraint and respect the judgement. They urged Muslims across the country to maintain peace and communal harmony.

Apprehending law and order problem, police administration has chalked out several security measures, which include identification of 113 places as sensitive areas and setting up of eight temporary jails.

Police also held a meeting with temple priests and maulvies to appeal for communal harmony.

HP Takes Precautionary Measures Ahead of Verdict

Himachal Pradesh government has taken all precautionary measures to maintain communal harmony in the state ahead of the verdict.

"The entire district SPs have been directed to take necessary precautionary measures within their jurisdiction to ensure that no unpleasant or untoward incident takes place after announcement of the judgement," IGP (Law and Order)S R Mardi said.

District police chiefs had been directed to identify all the vulnerable places where trouble could erupt and take extra measures there, he added

Deputy Commissioner (Shimla) J S Rana held a meeting with leaders of various religious groups who assured that communal harmony would be maintained at any cost.

TN Chief Secy Reviews Preparedness

Top Tamil Nadu officials today reviewed the police's preparedness ahead of the verdict.

Chief Secreatry S Malathy and Director General of Police Letika Saran held a meeting and reviewed the police's preparedness.

Police officials have been asked to take all precautionary measures to tackle any law and order problem as an aftermath of the court verdict, official sources said.

They said no specific area had been marked as sensitive but added "any repercussions will be handled."

IGs and Commissioners of respective zones and cities have been asked to take necessary security measures on the day of the judgement, they said.

Meanwhile, various Muslim parties and groups, under the umbrella organisation All Tamil Nadu Muslim parties, appealed for 'calm and composure' on the day of the judgement.

In a meeting here early this week, the Muslim leaders urged the community members to have low-key celebrations if the verdict came in their favour and not 'get cowed down' by an adverse judgement.

"The verdict should not be misused to cause harm to people or create disturbance to public peace," a resolution, released today, said.

A Coimbatore report said security had been beefed up in the city. About 2,500 police personnel are being deployed since Wednseday and another 1000 would be added on Friday in the city that had witnessed serial bomb blasts in 1998, killing over 50 people and injured 200 others.

Checkposts have been erected at various places and police were monitoring movement of suspicious persons.

Vehicle checking and night patrolling would be intensified from tonight, police said.

Fuel stations in the district have been asked to not to sell petrol in cans and bottles. They have also been asked to note down the numbers of the vehicles moving in suspicious manner in and around the bunks.

At Erode, a communal harmony meeting was held by police and revenue officials with members of Hindu and Muslim organisations and they were urged to practice restraint on the judgement day.

Prohibitory Order Issued in Thiruvananthapuram District

Prohibitory orders have been issued in the district for three days as a precautionary measure ahead of the verdict.

The order issued under section (23) of Kerala Police Act prohibits the assembly of more than five persons and taking out processions, official sources said.

A high-level meeting of top police and civil officials held here recently had authorised the respective district authorities to take appropriate steps to maintain law and order in the wake of Ayodhya verdict and as part of plans to strengthen security across Kerala.

The meeting, attended, among others, by DGP Jacob Punnose and Home Secretary K Jayakumar, had decided to step up vigil along coastal areas as well as communally and politically sensitive places.

UP CM Asks Officials to Be Vigilant

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today reviewed the law and order situation, asking the administration to be vigilant and not to allow anti-social elements exploit the sensitive issue to disrupt peace.

The Chief Minister asked the officials in different districts as well as the intelligence units to remain alert and maintain a strict vigil on all important religious, social and historical sites to foil possible designs of mischievous and anti-social elements.

Mayawati also asked all District Magistrates to ensure that anti-social elements do not get an opportunity to exploit this sensitive issue to spoil communal harmony.

"It should also be ensured that rumour mongers are not allowed a chance to mislead the people over the issue," she said.

Directing the officials to ensure peace and order in the state at any cost, Mayawati said strict action be taken against anyone taking law into their hands and creating law and order problem.

Meanwhile, borders of UP with neighbouring Uttarakhand and Nepal have been sealed and strict vigil is being maintained on all those coming to the state from these sides.

A decision to step up security in the area was taken yesterday at a meeting of senior police officials of UP and Uttarakhand, Gurbachan Lal, IG Bareilly, said today.

Special vigil is also being maintained at the state's border with Nepal to ward off anti-national elements from crossing over and creating any problems, he said.

The IG said that several unruly elements from Uttarakhand had come to Bareilly during riots in March and the decision to seal the border has been taken to ensure that it is not repeated after the Ayodhya verdict.

He added that all security officials deployed on the border would remain in direct touch with him.

J&K Security Reviewed

Top government officials in Jammu and Kashmir today reviewed the security situation in the state ahead of the verdict , asking the law enforcing agencies to take firm action against anyone trying to disturb peace in the wake of the ruling.

Chief Secretary S S Kapoor and DGP Kuldeep Khoda reviewed the law and order situation in view of the upcoming court verdict and asked senior police officers to keep a strict watch and deal sternly with anyone trying to foment trouble.

Sufficient forces are available to tackle any situation in the region, they said.

Goa Govt Reviews Security Situation

Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today chaired a high-level meeting to discuss security situation in the state, ahead of the Ayodhya verdict.

"We have reviewed the arrangements made by the police. It has been decided that all the precautions and steps will be taken by Goa police to see that no untoward incident takes place," Kamat said after the meeting this evening.

Section 144 would be imposed in both the districts of the state beginning from September 23 night, he said.

Kamat also appealed people to not fall for any propaganda and keep off from taking the path of confrontation.

He said that the district collectors have been asked to hold peace committee meetings in their respective sub divisions.

The meeting decided to post quick response teams and policemen at sensitive areas, Kamat said.

The high level security meeting, held at the Chief Minister's official residence, was attended by State Home Minister Ravi Naik, besides other officers.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of the Central advisory to states to give "top most priority" in beefing up security to deal with any law and order problem that may arise after the court verdict.
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