CJI Rajan Gogoi meets top UP govt officials ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

A notice regarding the pronouncement by a Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was uploaded on the website of the court late on Friday evening.

Earlier, authorities had banned the assembly of more than four people at one place in and around Ayodhya, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Hindu hardliners want a temple built on the site, now barricaded off decades after a 16th-century mosque there was demolished during 1992 riots that left 2,000 people dead. This had led to countrywide violence and the killing of hundreds of people, mostly Muslims.

"Whatever be the verdict, we all must ensure to show restraint while reacting to it", CM said.

"Each and every security officer is committed to prevent minor skirmishes or large-scale riots after the court delivers its verdict", said a senior home ministry official in New Delhi.

Babri Masjid being demolished.

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"State governments have identified several schools to set up temporary jails if the need arises", said the official, who declined to be identified.

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.

"Whatever decision the Supreme Court arrives at on Ayodhya, it will not be a victory or defeat of anyone", Modi tweeted on Friday. In the run up to Ayodhya verdict, efforts have been made by various people and organisations to maintain harmonious atmosphere.

A large section of Hindus believes that the disputed site marks the birthplace of the warrior-god Ram and that a temple that stood on the location was destroyed in the 16th century during the rule of Mughal emperor Babar and a mosque, the Babri Masjid, was constructed on its ruins.

Fourteen appeals had been filed before the Supreme Court against the 2010 Allahabad high court judgment, which said the disputed 22.7 acres should be equally divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Both Hindu and Muslim groups appealed and the Supreme Court in 2011 stayed the lower court's ruling, leaving the issue unresolved.

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