Acquitted - Babri Demolition Verdict
Special CBI-court declares demolition was not intentional.
In the much-awaited landmark 'Babari Masjid demolition' case verdict, the special court has acquitted all the 26 accused.
All accused acquitted, CBI judge says demolition was not pre-planned. Reading the operative part of the verdict, the judge says the 'demolition was not pre-planned'.
Former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, former union ministers, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, former MP Vinay Katiyar, and several other VHP leaders were among the accused.
According to sources, more than 2,000 police personnel, half of them in civil clothes, have been deployed to ensure the security of the area.
Ahead of the verdict, vehicular traffic had been banned from the area, and only ambulances, fire brigades, and hearse vans were allowed to move in the area. Police said, "There will be other diversions too and barricades will be put up at some places."
Besides, security has been beefed up in 25 districts that are known to be communally sensitive in Uttar Pradesh. Special security arrangements have been made in Ayodhya also where police personnel has been deployed in adequate numbers.