In the wake of Supreme Court lifting its stay on the delivery of the Allahabad High Court verdict on the 60-year-old Babri Masjid title suit, City Police Commissioner A K Khan on Tuesday tightened security in the City by deploying 20,000 police to prevent untoward incidents.
Talking to media persons after convening a security review meeting with officials, the Police Commissioner said that stringent action would be initiated against anti-social elements and those who resort to or promote violence after the verdict is delivered.
Mr Khan said that Section 144 has been extended for one more week to maintain law and order in the City. He also stated that two persons will not be allowed to ride on two-wheelers from 9 pm to 6 am from Wednesday onwards.
In order to maintain peace in the city, the police will conduct peace committee meetings with all religious heads on Wednesday.
The police chief appealed all sections of people to observe calm and restraint and cooperate with police in maintenance of law and order.
A three-judge Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court will pronounce the verdict in the Ayodhya case on September 30 at 3.30 PM after the Apex Court lifted its week-long interim stay orders passed last Thursday.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea for postponing the verdict in the Babri Masjid title suit case filed by Ramesh Chandra Tripathi.
Tripathi wanted more time for parties to work out an out-of-court settlement in the case.
Earlier, Home Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy stated that the police machinery is capable of meeting any kind of situation in the aftermath of Allahabad High Court verdict.
She asked people to maintain calm and restraint and help police in maintenance of law and order.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry alerted six states –Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh over possible communal violence in the aftermath of the verdict.