BENGALURU: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has directed all its divisional controllers and officers and depot managers to be present at their headquarters and maintain a close liaison with the local police authorities while operating buses as the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya dispute today.
"If any untoward incident happens, the same may be immediately reported to Control Room at Central Office. While operating buses, all are instructed to take extra care and advisory from local police authorities," KSRTC said in a statement.
As a precautionary measure, schools, colleges and other educational institutes will also remain closed across the state today. Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits gathering of more than four people, has been clamped in Bengaluru.
“Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in Bengaluru from 7 am-12 midnight,” Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said.
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.
With Agency input
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