Ayodhya verdict tomorrow, security beefed up across UP

The verdict in the title suit will be a landmark one particularly for Justice D V Sharma, who is set to demit office on Friday. The other judges on the Lucknow bench of the High Court are S U Khan and Sudhir Agarwal.

The Bench is slated to begin the delivery of its verdict at 3:30 p.m. in Court Number 21 in the High Court premises which now resembles a virtually impregnable fortress as the area surrounding it has been declared as a "no access zone".

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram appealed to the people to accept the verdict and maintain peace and tranquility. They also stressed that no attempt should be madeby any section of the people to provoke another section after the verdict.

Only persons related to the title suit will be allowed entry in Court No. 21 and no exit from the room are permitted till the verdict has been delivered, Lucknow District Magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar said here.

Any overt display of victory or defeat after the pronouncement of verdict has also been banned by the administration. "Any such attempts will be firmly dealt with," Deputy Inspector General Rajeev Krishna said.

The state police have detained nearly 1,500 persons across the city where about 2,000 paramilitary have been deployed to maintain vigil.
However, Krishna said there were no restrictions on movement of people anywhere in the city except in the area surrounding the High Court.

He said that schools, colleges and offices will remain open tomorrow.
The only hurdle in the pronoucement of the verdict was cleared by the Supreme Court yesterday when it dimissed the petition by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for deferment of the keenly-awaited judgement.

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