NEW DELHI: As the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya dispute today, Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain closed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi.
Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits the gathering of more than four people, has been clamped in entire Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and Bengaluru.
As a precautionary measure, Jammu and Kashmir administration has also postponed examinations and declared Saturday as dry day that means no sale of liquor will take place. The newly-made Union Territory has also banned the bursting of firecrackers.
Security has been beefed up across the country keeping in view of any untoward incident after the Supreme Court delivers its historic judgement in the politically-sensitive Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
The apex court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict in the communally sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya at 10.30 am on Saturday.
A notice regarding the pronouncement of judgement by a Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was uploaded on the official website of the Supreme Court late Friday evening.
The top court will rule on appeals against the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court, which ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres between the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and Ramlalla Virajman.
The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in 1578 in Ayodhya and it was destroyed by a group of Hindu activists on December 6, 1992, demanding that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram Temple. Since then, several hearings have been held in the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.
A group of Hindu activist claimed that it was a birthplace of ‘Rama’ (Hindu God in ancient history) and the Mughal emperors destroyed the remains of structure to build the mosque, however, the Muslims denied it.