India tightens security before landmark Ayodhya verdict

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A notice by the Supreme Court registrar said, "Take notice that the matter above mentioned will be listed tomorrow i.e. 09.11.2019 (Saturday) at 10.30 AM for pronouncement of judgment in Chief Justice's Court before the Bench comprising Hon'ble Chief Justice of India, Hon'ble SA Bobde, Hon'ble Dr. DY Chandrachud, Hon'ble Ashok Bhushan, Hon'ble S Abdul Nazeer".

He also said the state police department has been kept on high alert.

"We had requested the government to make a law on construction of Ram Temple (in Ayodhya) but the government did not do that". This had led to countrywide violence and the killing of hundreds of people, mostly Muslims.

The UP government had earlier also said that they are monitoring social media to see if any inflammatory messages were being posted.

"We will not tolerate Hindus or Muslims publicly displaying their reaction to the court verdict", he said.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made across the country while the temple town remained on edge and political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and religious leaders urged people to maintain peace and respect the verdict.

A Union Home Ministry spokesperson said the ministry has asked all states to ramp up security to avoid a flare-up following the judgement.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered all the schools and colleges to remain closed until Monday.

"Whatever decision the Supreme Court arrives at on Ayodhya, it will not be a victory or defeat of anyone", Modi tweeted on Friday.

Many Hindus believe that the Babri Masjid was constructed on the ruins of a Hindu temple that was demolished by Muslim invaders.

They say that in the 16th century, a Muslim emperor from the Mughal dynasty that ruled northern Indian for centuries built a mosque at the 2.3-acre (1.1-hectare) site.

Ayodhya - considered one of the holiest Hindu sites - is visited by religious pilgrims from all over India throughout the year.

A five-judge Supreme Court bench had heard the Ayodhya case on a day-to-day basis for 40 days and reserved its verdict on October 16.

The Supreme Court suspended this ruling in 2011 after both Hindu and Muslim groups appealed against it.

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