With Ram Janmabhoomi verdict expected in November, the security has been tightened ahead of the Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya. Supreme Court has been carrying out day-to-day hearing of the case and the arguments are to be concluded on 17th October. Diwali, the festival of lights which celebrates return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile and defeating Ravan in the Hindu epic Ramayana, falls on 27th October, 2019.
Schools and campuses in the vicinity are being identified so that the additional forces can be accommodated. As per reports, 42 entry and exit points are identified around Ayodhya for crowd management. Intelligence units have also been activated in neighbouring districts to avoid any untoward incident.
The Uttar Pradesh state government will also be hosting a three-day ‘Deepotsav’ beginning the eve of Diwali on 26th October, which is also expected to bring in a huge crowd of devotees.
Meanwhile, UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that he hoped “a very good news” awaits all. While he did not elaborate further on his statement, he did urge people to draw inspiration from Lord Ram. Without specifying the SC verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi temple, Yogi Adityanath said, “We are Ram bhakts, there is a lot of strength in bhakti. I feel we will soon get to hear very good news.”