The district court in Varanasi is expected to issue an order with regard to the maintainability of the plea in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case today. Security has been tightened and section 144 imposed in Varanasi, ahead of the court order. Security of the court premises has also been tightened.
District Judge AK Vishvesh had last month reserved the order in the sensitive matter after the hearing completed on 24th of last month. Both Hindu and Muslim petitioners have appealed people to maintain peace and harmony.
Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh has said that prohibitory orders have been issued in the Varanasi commissionerate and officers have been asked to interact with religious leaders in their respective areas to ensure that peace is maintained.
He said that, the entire city has been divided into sectors, to maintain law and order, which have been allocated police force as per their requirement.
Directives for flag march and foot march in sensitive areas have also been issued. Checking has been intensified in the district’s border areas, hotels and guest houses, while an eye is being also kept on social media.
Five women had filed the petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are said to be located on an outer wall of Gyanwapi Mosque.