Temporary jails in all UP districts, tight security in Ayodhya

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Police personnel near the site of disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. Photo: PTI.

Security has been ramped up in Ayodhya city and its surrounding areas ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit on Saturday (November 9) at 10:30 am.

Officials said that the Uttar Pradesh administration is keeping a strict vigil in 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The state government has identified 31 districts as sensitive while Section 144 under CrPC, prohibiting gathering of five or more persons, has already been imposed across Uttar Pradesh.

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Special focus is being given to Ayodhya, the district where the disputed structure is located, and different tiers of security zones have been created there. Each visitor is being scanned.

The Uttar Pradesh government has created temporary jails in every district while internet services may be banned in some places to check spread of rumours through social media.

The Union Home Ministry is in regular correspondence with the state government and has provided 4,000 central paramilitary personnel for deployment in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said. Special vigil is being maintained on more than 670 people on social media and if need arises, internet can be stopped to check spread of rumours, the official added.

(With inputs from agencies)