Ahead of the politically-sensitive Ayodhya judgment, Uttar Pradesh administration is leaving no stone unturned to maintain law and order in the state. A day after the officials suspended the internet services in western Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, Agra became second town on Saturday to have total ban on internet. Agra Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dr Prabhakant Awasthi issued the order suspending the internet services in the city till 6 pm on Saturday. All telecom companies have been asked to comply with the order. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is keeping a close watch on the security arrangement. Earlier in morning, he held high-level security meeting. (LIVE UPDATES HERE)
Meanwhile, Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said that, “Keeping the disputed site safe is our priority, we have made adequate arrangements for it, forces have been deployed in the city. Everything is normal in the city, we will keep an eye on negative elements.” Ayodhya top cop also said that it was business as usual for devotees visiting Ayodhya. “Devotees are visiting the temple of Shri Ram Lalla. There are no restrictions on visiting the temple. All markets are open, the situation is completely normal,” ADG (Prosecution) UP Police Ashutosh Pandey said.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said irrespective of the decision, it is everyone's responsibility to maintain the country's tradition of unity and social harmony. The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce at 10:30 am its verdict in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. "Whatever the decision of the court, in this hour, the responsibility of maintaining the country's thousands of years old tradition of unity and social harmony is on all of us," she said in a tweet. "This is Mahatma Gandhi's country. It is our duty to abide by the message of peace and non-violence," the Congress general secretary said.