Nationwide: Security Enhanced Ahead Of Babri Masjid Demolition Anniversary On December 6
Security has been enhanced across India ahead of the 27th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition on December 6. The mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992 in the city of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Many political and religious organizations including Muslim League, Muslim Majlis, and other local organizations will observe the day as 'Day of Sorrow' and will hold different programs across the country. The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has also called for a nationwide protest on December 8 to oppose the Supreme Court verdict after it had ruled in favor of the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site. However, after the final verdict on Ayodhya dispute by the Supreme Court of India on November 9, there were no major protests by political and social organizations. The security of major temples across India has also been enhanced to mitigate any potential risks.
Section 144 that was imposed before the Supreme Court verdict will remain in place until December 28 in Ayodhya. In Ayodhya, the local administration has asked the right-wing groups to refrain from ''celebrating'' the apex court verdict on the day of Babri demolition anniversary as it might trigger communal tensions. A few religious outfits may observe 'black day' by hoisting black flags in Ayodhya. Some of the Muslim religious bodies are likely to file a review petition against the verdict passed by the Supreme Court and ask for the court to review the judgment.
Impact On Major Indian Cities
Security has been enhanced in the Delhi NCR area to mitigate any untoward incident. Social media platforms may be monitored for provocative posts that may disrupt law and order.
The Mumbai police are on a high alert for December 6. The police have also canceled some other major events planned in the city on the day to ensure adequate safety and security.
The Kolkata police are on a high alert fearing communal disturbances on December 6. The West Bengal state government has instructed the police to remain vigilant.
Prohibitory orders have been issued by the police in Hyderabad for December 6. Section 144 will be imposed in the city from 1800 hours on December 5 until 0600 hours on December 7. The orders will prohibit any individuals or groups from making any speech, gesture or displaying picture or symbols which are likely to create religious animosity or hatred between different religious communities.
- Remain vigilant and exercise increased caution especially if traveling to Ayodhya and other parts of Uttar Pradesh due to potential civil unrest.
- Report any unclaimed suspicious package to the authorities immediately.
- Personnel are advised to avoid visiting crowded places like malls, hotels, railway and metro stations.
- Personnel are advised to defer any non-essential travel to the cities that are likely to have communal tensions.
- Carry identification documents due to heightened security presence.
- Personnel are advised not to engage in any conversation with strangers on religious and political issues as a basic precaution.
- Leave the area at the first sight of any unrest.
- Monitor IIRIS alerts for related updates.
Security Advisory by Dr. Vikram Singh, India's most highly decorated Indian Police Service officer.