To ensure that no untoward incident follows the judgement on the Ayodhya case which is scheduled to be delivered on September 24, the ruling BJP has stepped up the security forces in the state.
Following the riots which took place after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, the then BJP government in the state was dismissed along with the party governments in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
“I don’t think that communal situation like 1992 will occur in Madhya Pradesh post Ayodhya verdict, but we are not taking any chances and police is maintaining a tight vigil in the state,” Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said on Friday.
“We have requested for the deployment of over 50 companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Special Armed Force (SAF) in the state for maintaining law and order,” Gupta said.
“We have directed officials to deploy entire police force in the field including those who were not doing field duties at present and also called the 100 per cent Home Guard jawans in the state for maintaining communal harmony at any cost,” he said.
The Minister claimed that even though there are remote chances of communal disturbance, anybody found indulging in such activities will be firmly dealt with.
Search operation and arrest of history-sheeters and anti-social elements is already going on for ensuring peace in the state, the Minister said.
“We are also in constant touch with the public leaders, people’s representatives and other important persons of the society to maintaining peace in the state,” Gupta said.
The government has already taken the meeting of senior officials including zonal IGs, SSPs, Commissioners and Collectors through video-conferencing on Ayodhya judgement and its possible fallouts, officials said.
The police has been instructed to show zero tolerance towards the elements attempting to disturb the communal harmony post verdict, they added.