Ayodhya verdict: Social media to be banned, says UP DGP OP Singh

India's court set to deliver verdict on temple dispute

Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on Ayodhya dispute tomorrow

With the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case expected any day now, Uttar Pradesh is conducting surveillance with drones in the district.

A verdict in that case was pronounced in September 2010 - it determined that the 2.77 acres of the disputed land would be divided equally into three parts.

The apex court would pronounce its judgement tomorrow at 10:30 am in the morning.

"Each and every security officer is committed to prevent minor skirmishes or large-scale riots after the court delivers its verdict", said one senior home ministry official, who declined to be named.

Adityanath conveyed this during a late-night video conference on Thursday with the state's top civil and police officials, divisional commissioners and district magistrates.

India's Supreme Court is due to make a long-awaited ruling on a disputed religious site in the northern holy city of Ayodhya.

The Centre has also given order to deploy 40 companies - around 4,000 personnel - of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) or paramilitary force in Ayodhya that includes 16 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), around six companies each of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and RAF.

In recent years, Ayodhya has become a rallying point for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

It was also decided that a state-level control room will be set up in Lucknow.

The MHA has also on Wednesday cautioned the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to ensure all security preparedness in the temple town, which would be turned into virtual fortress to thwart any untoward incident.

In view of the Ayodhya verdict, Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, was quoted by ANI as saying, "All of us should ensure that our reactions will be peaceful no matter what the verdict be". UP Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and Director General Police O P Singh met Justice Gogoi in his chamber. The Centre and UP government have been working over the last few days and weeks to insure that peace and tranquility is maintained. Sources said the judges asked the state officials if they needed any assistance in the form of an order to strengthen the law and order situation.

Fearing riots, political leaders from across India's political spectrum have called for peace following the verdict, while residents of Ayodhya city have been banned from holding any events related to the temple.

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