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Ayodhya verdict: Meerut police on high alert, former MLA and former minister ordered to stay away

1250 police personnel, five companies of PAC and 1 company of RAF have been deployed in the Meerut district. 200 extra personnel have been requested.

As the nation waits for the Ayodhya verdict before CJI Gogoi retires on November 17, police in various states, especially UP has been on high alert and intensifying preparedness to tackle any situation of violence, communal tension and unrest.

As per a report in Amar Ujala, the Meerut police have ordered a former MLA and a former minister to stay away from the district for the time being. In total, ten people with some history of instigating violence have been ordered to stay away from the district for now. They have been told that they will be arrested immediately if they are seen in the district on the day of the verdict.

Sources said that the former MLA and the former minister who has been ordered away from the district are Yogesh Verma and Yakun Qureshi respectively.

For maintaining peace and security, the district has been divided into 8 sectors and 31 zones. As per police sources, 1250 police personnel, five companies of PAC and 1 company of RAF have been deployed in the district. 200 extra personnel have been requested.

Read: Ayodhya verdict: Maharashtra police forms special cyber cell, Bhopal police too orders social media restraint on communally sensitive messages

Several sensitive areas have been put under CCTV surveillance. Cyber cells have been activated to keep an eye on social media messages while special crime branch teams and surveillance teams have been activated too.

The Meerut police have also conducted meetings with Army officials to ensure co-operation and help when needed. ASP Ajay Sahni has confirmed the eviction notice sent to ten persons, including the former MLA and former minister. He has added that adequate law and order arrangements have been made for any untoward situation over the verdict.

As per a Times of India report, the top officials of Indian Army’s West UP Sub Area Command had held a meeting with Meerut’s IG, SSP and SPs along with DMs of the range yesterday. The meetings were held at the West UP Sub Area Command’s headquarters. The Army has agreed over cooperations in traffic management, management of clinics and law and order maintenance.

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