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Loudspeaker row: Yogi-govt restricts use of mics to premises only, no new permit

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: As major festivals like as Eid and Akshay Tritiya are approaching, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued a new directive on Monday stating that while microphones may be used in religious programmes, the sound should not be heard beyond the premises and should not cause inconvenience to people.

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During a law and order review meeting, the chief minister also instructed the administration to prohibit the use of microphones in new locations.“….everyone has the freedom to practise their way of worship as per their own religious ideology. Microphones can be used but it must be ensured that the sound from the microphone does not go out of the premises. It should not cause inconvenience to others. Permission should not be given to install microphones at any new places,” a government release quoted Adityanath as saying.

“In view of the prevailing circumstances, the police need to be extra alert and careful. From Station House Officers (SHOs) to ADG should speak to religious leaders and other eminent persons of the society in their areas in the next 24 hours,” the CM said, directing the administration to take strict action “against those who issue disturbing statements”.

The CM directed officials to guarantee that religious programmes are held at designated locations without hindering traffic, and that religious processions should not be brought out without prior approval from authorities.“Before issuing permission for processions, the issuing authority will take affidavits from organisers for maintaining peace and harmony. Also, permission will be issued to only traditional processions… Permission should not be given to any new processions,” the government release stated.

The administration has also postponed administrative and police leave until May 4.

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The chief minister also ordered the deployment of more police officers in high-risk regions, as well as the use of drones to monitor the situation.

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