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Ayodhya Verdict: RPF issues advisory; security heightened at 78 major stations

Ministry of Home Affairs has also dispatched around 4,000 paramilitary personnel for security deployment in UP, particularly in Ayodhya. 

The railway police on Nov 7 issued a seven-page ‘advisory’ to all its zones giving them a slew of instructions on security preparedness ahead of the ‘Top Court’ verdict on the “Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid” dispute case. The Advisory also instructed caretakers of such structures not to leave them unguarded. Also, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has dispatched around 4,000 paramilitary personnel for security deployment in Uttar Pradesh, particularly in Ayodhya.

Notably, “The verdict, expected to be pronounced before Chief Justice of India named, ‘Ranjan Gogoi’ retires on Nov 17, in the recent year”. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked his ministers to refrain from making any controversial statements ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on November 17.

As per the advisory by RPF; which covers major aspects such as ‘security’ at platforms, railway stations, yard, parking space, bridges and tunnels as well as production units and workshops, has earmarked all potential hotspots which could either be a site for any violence or could be used to hide explosives. Further, It also mentioned that leaves of all its personnel have been cancelled and they have been instructed to be engaged in escorting trains.

While the RPF told that a close watch should be kept on all religious structures near railway stations or within its areas as they may become a ‘flash points’ in case tempers run high. It also instructed caretakers of such structures not to leave them unguarded, PTI News agency reported.

It has been identified around 78 major stations with high footfall including stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Maharashtra and UP where the presence of RPF personnel have been greatly increased. It also rescinded an earlier order which allowed stations to keep their lighting to around 30% to save electricity when there is no train at the station, instructing all zones to keep lighting at 100% at all times instead.

Despite all of this, “People use the term ‘honorable court’ not because they really mean it but they fear that anything contrary to the voice of the court will invite punishment. Democracy cannot be measured from the lens of binary between courts and autocrat leaders. The way peoples have the tendency to appropriate and aggrandise power, institutions also may have such propensity. The greatest challenge of democracy is the restoration of people faith in the institutions, which have been made responsible to protect our rights and impart justice to all”.

However, “Number of representations repeatedly cited in Prayers, Image, Speech and Act attempts to position Hindus as the privileged inheritors of the Nation by implying that Hindus alone can articulate both a genealogical and scared claim to place. Thus, regardless of the intention of the participants, each recitation of the prayer mix a cartographic claim and sets in motion a particular construction of the countries community apparently united by its relationship to the goddess”. Let us see the prospect of this verdict, very peacefully.

Author: Trilok Singh is with CEO here.
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