Ayodhya verdict `not a victory or defeat of anyone`, says PM Modi

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The current dispute is over the 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid existed until 6 December 1992, when Hindu fanatics led by BJP leaders brought down the 16th-century heritage site.

The court case centres on the ownership of the land and has been dragging on in the Supreme Court for years.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed all senior officers to stay alert and spend the fortnight before the verdict maintaining a vigil in sensitive districts. "My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace, unity & goodwill of India".

Police and home ministry officials said government agencies were making preparations to thwart any violence.

The Centre had already rushed around 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Uttar Pradesh while the Railway police cancelled leave of its force and stepped up vigil at 78 major stations and on trains as part of its security preparedness ahead of Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict.

Hindu groups say the site should be restored to Hindus in keeping with their sentiments while Muslims and secularists say the destruction of the mosque was a risky step towards empowering a violent nationalist mob.

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The jails have been set up in schools in Akbarpur, Tanda, Jalalpur, Jaitpur, Bhiti, and Allapur. Talking to TOI, OP Singh said among the several measures taken by the UP Police, check on social media and foot patrolling throughout the state were the primary ones.

"We will not tolerate Hindus or Muslims publicly displaying their reaction to the court verdict", Singh said. "Drones are good for the security objective", Ayodhya Circle Officer, Arvind Chaurasia told ANI.

Meanwhile, political parties in the city also appealed to people to maintain peace after the verdict.

It affirmed the disputed spot was the birthplace of Lord Ram, that the Babri Masjid was built after the demolition of a Hindu temple, and that the mosque was not built in accordance with the tenets of Islam.

Around one million pilgrims are expected to be there early next week for a bathing ritual in the Saryu River that flows in the region.

"We are also keeping a very close watch on the social media to ensure there are no rumours or incitement".