Orissa government today sounded an alert across the State ahead of the verdict of the Allahabad High Court on Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi title suit slated for tomorrow, official sources said.
“We have directed all district magistrates and superintendents of police to remain alert to the situation,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.
Stating that the government had identified sensitive places, Mr. Patnaik said additional police force was being deployed in those places.
“We have directed the district administrations to deal with situations firmly,” Home Secretary U N Behera said.
Though Orissa remained peaceful even during the riots in 1992 after the demolition, the government did not want to take any chance this time, a senior official said.
Among the places identified as sensitive were Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapara, Jajpur, sources said.