New Delhi, Sep 30 : The nation heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday with tempered responses to the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suits and no untoward incident being reported.
Apprehensions about the situation turning volatile after the verdict were proved wrong with political parties welcoming the verdict and those aggrieved saying they would appeal in the Supreme Court.
Setting the tone, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony and cautioned them against disruptive elements spreading rumours to create ill-will between communities. Security was ramped up across the country and authorities carried out preventive detentions to avert trouble.
In UP, an alert was sounded across the state with Chief Minister Mayawati directing administrative and police officers in all districts to remain vigilant.
Twenty companies of CRPF were deployed for the inner security of the Ram Janmbhoomi complex, besides 38 other companies of police and PAC for the twin towns and 16 other companies for the rural areas, a senior police official said. Additional companies of CRPF were deployed in and around the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.PTI