UP may get 4,000 paramilitary men to tackle Ayodhya situation

After taking stock of the availability of central paramilitary personnel, Home Ministry officials are of the opinion that it was practically impossible to provide 63,000 security guards to Uttar Pradesh due to the force constraint.

Sources said the Home Ministry is also readying its forces for deployment in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games and the six-phased Bihar assembly elections next month. There are demands for central forces from a few other states too to deal with the law and order problems.

The Mayawati government had asked the Centre to provide 630 companies of additional paramilitary personnel to deal with any situation arising out of the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya title suits on September 24.

Sources said the government is likely to give only 40 companies. Each company consist of about 100 personnel.The Home Ministry has already prepared a contingency plan to deal with any situation arising out of the court judgement.

In an advisory, the Ministry has asked all states and Union Territories to give maintaining law and order "topmost priority" as the judgement has the potential to "evoke sharp reactions".

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