Se­cu­rity tight­ened across coun­try; home min­istry ad­vises states to be on alert

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Sa­man­waya.Rau­tray @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will pro­nounce the much-awaited ver­dict on the Ay­o­d­hya ti­tle suit on Satur­day, al­most a decade af­ter the Al­la­habad High Court had par­ti­tioned the dis­puted site in the ra­tio of 2:1 between Hindu and Mus­lim lit­i­gants. Both sides had then moved the top court against the judg­ment.

The rul­ing is ex­pected to im­pact the course of pol­i­tics in the coun­try, given that the Ram Jan­mab­hoomi is­sue is a cor­ner­stone of the Hin­dutva move­ment and one of the long­stand­ing pledges of the rul­ing BJP. It will also likely de­fine the fu­ture of the re­la­tion­ship between the two com­mu­ni­ties.

The coun­try was put on alert to pre­vent reli­gious vi­o­lence that could erupt fol­low­ing the ver­dict in an emo­tive is­sue that has led to some of the worst riots In­dia has seen over the past decades. The chief justice him­self held meet­ings with UP of­fi­cials in this re­gard. Hindu groups say the Babri Masjid, which stood on the site and was brought down on De­cem­ber 6, 1992, was built af­ter de­mol­ish­ing an an­cient tem­ple that stood at the birth place of Lord Ram.

In the high court de­ci­sion, the de­ity it­self, Ram Lalla, and the Nir­mohi Akhara, got twothirds, in­clud­ing the land on which the struc­ture stood.

Move Came as a Sur­prise

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