The Telangana police have made elaborate security arrangements across the state, particularly in Hyderabad and its old city area, to ensure that no untoward incident takes place, as the Supreme Court is set to pronounce its judgment in the Ayodhya case on Saturday.
A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will deliver its verdict in the 20-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, which involves a dispute over the ownership of 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya.
Police personnel from the Hyderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerates have been asked to be on alert throughout the day. Forces were deployed in all sensitive areas of the city, especially around major monuments and large mosques in the city.
With employees of the Road Transport Corporation (RTC) also on strike, and calling for a 'Chalo Tank Bund' march, police said that traffic on the Upper Tank Bund would be closed from 8 am to 5 pm on November 9. Additional forces have been deployed around the area.
The police, which was already making arrangements for the Milad Un Nabi procession on November 10, said that no permission would be granted for any protests, processions and any other large gatherings.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar has held a series of meetings with 'peacekeeping committees' over the last few days, which involves elders of the Hindu and Muslim communities.
The religious heads have been asked to appeal for peace, calm and restraint, irrespective of how the final judgment turns out. In line with this, community elders spoke to youth in their mosques during namaz on Friday.
Besides Hyderabad, security forces were also rushed to other places in Telangana where violence may break out, including Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Bhainsa, Bodhan and Kamareddy.
On December 6, 1992, 'kar sevaks' from Hindu right-wing groups demolished the 16th century mosque, which led to widespread violence. More than 2,000 people died in riots that ensued across the country.
For almost 27 years after the Babri Masjid demolition, the case of the title suit -- ownership of land -- has been keenly contested in various courts and the issue has been driving the politics of the country in one way or the other.