Govt calls for peace after Babri verdict

Fearing trouble over the upcoming judgment by the Allahabad High Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, the government on Thursday appealed to the people to maintain equanimity and tranquility following the verdict, which is expected on September 24.

A resolution passed by the Union Cabinet said the judgment needed to be treated with utmost respect and called upon people to remember that the high court verdict would be only a step in the judicial process.
“The determination of the issues need not necessarily end with this judgment unless it is accepted by all parties. In case any of the parties feels that further judicial consideration is required, there are legal remedies available which could be resorted to,” the resolution said.

Meanwhile, Union home ministry has asked CRPF to send its 40 companies (over 4,000 personnel) to Uttar Pradesh in view of the state’s demand of central forces to meet law and order situation there in the wake of the verdict.

Though the Centre will not be able to meet even one-fourth of the UP’s demand of 630 companies (over 63,000 personnel) for the purpose, it has asked CRPF and other paramilitary forces — SSB, BSF and Rapid Action Force (RAF) – to spare as many companies as possible by September 21.

“A first batch of 10 out of 40 companies is currently being deployed in the state. More central forces will be sent to¬†UP next week. Besides, we will have to keep forces in standby for other states as well, if situation warrants for its deployment after the court’s verdict,” said a senior official.

It is learnt that UP has decided to deploy minimum three companies each of central forces at all the sensitive locations across the state this week. The state armed police will also be deployed at all such locations to help local police in maintaining law and order situation. More forces will be sent to these places once the state gets additional personnel from the Centre.


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