Ver­dict on Ay­o­d­hya row to­day

500 HELD AS PRE­CAU­TION­ARY STEP, TROOPS DE­PLOYED IN AY­O­D­HYA

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In­dia’s Supreme Court will to­day pro­nounce its ver­dict in a decades-old land ti­tle dis­pute be­tween Mus­lims and Hin­dus on a site in Ay­o­d­hya where Hindu hard­lin­ers de­mol­ished a 16th cen­tury mosque in 1992.

The In­dian Supreme Court will de­liver its land­mark ver­dict on the Ay­o­d­hya dis­pute at 10.30am to­day, end­ing decades of un­cer­tainty on the is­sue.

The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had con­cluded the hear­ing in the case and re­served its ver­dict last month. The apex court heard a batch of pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing Septem­ber 30, 2010, Al­la­habad High Court judg­ment tri­fur­cat­ing the 2.77 acres of the dis­puted land at Ay­o­d­hya into three equal parts among Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board, and Nir­mohi Akhara.

Ear­lier po­lice ar­rested more than 500 peo­ple, with au­thor­i­ties fear­ing the ver­dict could trigger un­rest. Thou­sands of paramil­i­taries have al­ready been sent to the north­ern city.

Hindu hard­lin­ers want a tem­ple built on the site, cur­rently bar­ri­caded off decades af­ter a 16th-cen­tury mosque there was de­mol­ished in 1992 which caused riots that left 2,000 peo­ple dead. Hin­dus be­lieve the mosque was built over the site of the birth­place of their de­ity Ram.

Mean­while UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yes­ter­day is­sued an ap­peal ask­ing peo­ple not to see the fi­nal Ay­o­d­hya ver­dict by the Supreme Court as a vic­tory or de­feat.

The chief minister has asked peo­ple not to be­lieve ru­mours and work to­gether for peace. He warned of strict ac­tion against those who vi­o­late law.

The state gov­ern­ment has closed all schools, col­leges, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and train­ing cen­tres from Novem­ber 9 to 11.

The Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment also de­clared hol­i­day for all schools and col­leges across the city to­day.

PTI

Po­lice per­son­nel search vis­i­tors near the dis­puted site in Ay­o­d­hya, Ut­tar Pradesh, yes­ter­day. In­dia has de­ployed more than 5,000 troops and po­lice to main­tain se­cu­rity ahead of the ver­dict.

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