Ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya title suit case which is expected before November 17, the district is undergoing some changes for it’s security. The District Magistrate (DM) Anuj Jha has issued directives of four pages prohibiting people from making defamatory remarks against any religion, community, deities & eminent personalities on social media platforms. People have also been barred from holding any event regarding the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. The administration has also banned any media debates in the city and has imposed restrictions on people gathering in the region.
The order issued by DM, Ayodhya, Anuj Jha said, “No individual, group or organisation will be allowed to disrupt communal harmony. No person except public servants deployed for security will be allowed to carry weapons, explosive materials in public places. People will also not be allowed to carry licensed weapons in any programme. The administration will not allow people to assemble in any area of the temple town with an intent to create any mischief.”
“No individual or group will be allowed to hold any programme in public places or private properties which could hurt the sentiments of people. No hoardings, posters and banners will be allowed anywhere in the district without permission from the administration,” the order said.
“The administration will also not be allowing any individual, group or political parties to organise programmes, processions, public rallies without permission. Burning effigies and making inflammatory speeches will also not be allowed,” added the 4 page directives.
The administration even appealed to the people that no attempts to be made to post controversial and derogatory remarks against any religion, community, deities, eminent personalities on social media platforms. Such posts shall also not be shared by people which could create tension in the society.
Speaking to the news agency ANI, Anuj Kumar Jha said, “We just want to say that do not like, share or forward any defamatory social media posts which might hurt sentiments of any community.” “The arrangements are being done with the view that many important festivals are going on and many devotees are here. So, considering their safety we have put necessary arrangements at the place,” he added.
The administration also said that no programme, procession and rally regarding the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute will be allowed in the temple town. There shall not be any controversial post regarding the title suit case on social media, the administration said. People have also been barred to throw animal flesh in public places. Even, the gathering of more than five people at any place will also not be allowed without permission.
The four page directive issued by the DM of Ayodhya will be in force till December 28. Those violating the order will be booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience of an order promulgated by public servant). Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh said that the state police is ready and if needed, the National Security Act (NSA) will be imposed on elements who attempt to disrupt law and order.
“We are absolutely ready. Under no circumstances, anybody will be allowed to take law in hand. Our Intelligence machinery is geared up. If needed, the National Security Act will be imposed on elements who attempt to disrupt law and order,” DGP said. He further added that the social media platforms were being closely monitored by a team of officials and any objectionable or inflammatory post would invite action.
While, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked his ministers to refrain from commenting on the Ayodhya issue. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has also said that there should not be any celebration on sensitive issues. He appealed to both the communities to maintain peace, whatever the verdict in Ram Janmabhoomi case be.
Ahead of the verdict, the RSS, too, cancelled several events in November and the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has appealed to everyone to maintain peace. However, the Muslims in Ayodhya have asked for paramilitary forces be deployed in the district. The Muslims say that while they have full faith in administration, the deployment of paramilitary forces will give them more ‘assurance’. The UP Police has said that they are ready to handle law and order situation ahead of the verdict.
Section 144 is not only imposed in Ayodhya or cities of UP, it is also imposed in several other places out of UP as well. Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is also put on high alert. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in the city.
Being a sensitive district, Collector Tarun Pithode has issued an order to implement Section 144 in Bhopal before the decision in the Ayodhya case. Strong security arrangements are being made at the sensitive places. According to the order of the collector, Section 144 will remain in force for the next two months in Bhopal.
With this, the order was issued that without informing the police, no person will keep tenants and paying guests in his house. Information about the stay in the hotel, lodge and Dharamshala will have to be written in a register that will be informed to the nearest police station. To maintain law and order in the coming days, Madhya Pradesh Police has also cancelled offs of policemen all over the state in view of the expected verdict on Ayodhya.
A five-judge Supreme Court bench heard the Ayodhya case on a day-to-day basis for 40 days and reserved its verdict on October 16. The apex court is expected to deliver its verdict on a dispute over the ownership of 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya district in Uttar Pradesh before November 17, when the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi retires.
The Hindu parties, during the hearing, had argued that the entire 2.77 acres of land is the birthplace or “janm sthan” of Lord Ram. However, the Muslim parties claimed the title over the land, saying Muslims had ownership of the land since 1528 when the mosque was built. Ayodhya DM Anuj Kumar Jha has, however, appealed to the public to exercise necessary caution and not like, share or forward social media posts which may hurt the sentiments of any community.