The central government on Friday advised all states to remain on high alert on the eve of 17th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition, warning that some misdirected elements may try to disturb communal peace and harmony in the country.
The government said it was possible that some misdirected elements may wish to disturb communal peace and harmony on the eve of December 6, the day when the Babri masjid was demolished in Ayodhya 17 years ago.
"Hence, all state governments have been advised to remain on high alert. Security forces will be deployed for maintaining law and order in sensitive places," the Home Ministry said in a statement.
On the eve of December 6, the statement said, the government wishes to appeal to all sections of the people to maintain communal peace and harmony.
"The year 2009 has been remarkably free of any communal conflict. All religious festivals were celebrated peacefully. People from all walks of life participated in the celebrations.
"It is the government's desire that this exemplary sense of unity and fraternity should prevail in the remaining part of the year as well as in the future," it said.
The government also said it sincerely hoped that all sections of the people will heed this appeal and co-operate with the Central and state governments to maintain communal peace and harmony.