Chennai, Nov 9: Ahead of the Ayodhya verdict, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today appealed to all religious and political leaders and people to extend their cooperation to ensure that the State remained a haven of peace.
In a statement here, he said all sections of the people should respect the Apex Court verdict and should not give any room for law and order problem so that the state remained a haven of peace.
'I appeal to all the religious leaders, political party leaders and all sections of the people to cooperate with the government to ensure that communal harmony was maintained and the state remained a haven of peace', Mr Palaniswami, who reviewed the law and order situation and security arrangements made ahead of the verdict late last night, said.
Chief Secretary K Shanmugham, the Home Secretary, DGP J K Tripathy, and Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan and senior officials attended the review meeting.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across the State, with the deployment of nearly one lakh police personnel, including 15,000 in Chennai city to maintain law and order and to prevent any untoward incident in view of the verdict.
Additional security arrangements were made in the textile city of Coimbatore, which was communally sensitive, with the deployment of armed forces in vulnerable areas.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) also appealed to the people to maintain peace irrespective of the Apex Court verdict.
TMMK President M H Jawahirullah, in a statement here said, the Muslim community exuded confidence in the judiciary and the apex court and expect that the judgement would strengthen this belief. (UNI)