NEW DELHI, Supreme Court of India is poised to pronounce its much-awaited verdict in the sensitive dispute over Babri Masjid in in Ayodhya city, in Ayodhya village, Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh, northeast India, amid tight security arrangements.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-headed five-judge constitution bench will pronounce its verdict in the much awaited Ayodhya dispute case at 10.30 a.m. local time on Saturday after 40 days of marathon hearings, the court said in a statement on Friday.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi held extensive talks with the government officials and reviewed security arrangements in Uttar Pradesh. Additional paramilitary forces were deployed along with the state police personnel in Ayodhya and all other sensitive areas in the state, official sources said. CCTV cameras and drones were also deployed extensively to avoid any untoward incidents in the state. Indian capital was also put under heavy security cover. The Central Home Ministry asked all state authorities union territories to deploy adequate security men at all sensitive places to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leading politicians and clerics appealed for peace and calm and urged to respect the Supreme Court’s verdict.
The Babri case is considered highly sensitive as it led to some of the worst communal clashes between the Hindus and Muslims. On December 6, 1992, a bunch of extremist Hindus demolished the 16th century Masjid built by Babar who established the Mughal Empire in India leading to widespread violence and killing of at least 2000 people, mainly Muslims. While Muslims are demanding to rebuild the Masjid, the other side is demanding to build a temple for Hindu god of Ram. The Hindutva is claiming that Babar built the mosque after demolishing a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
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