The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, called for a meeting to review the law-and-order situation in the state and how to maintain peace during the forthcoming religious festivals. The UP CM issued several directions regarding maintaining peace.
He took a leaf from the event of Jahangirpui’s clash in Delhi. Following that spat, he is adamant about keeping Uttar Pradesh’s law-and-order situation under control.
In a statement, the UP government said that directions were being issued as the festivals of Eid and Akshay Tritiya are likely to fall on the same date early next month.
The order said that no religious procession or march would be allowed without proper permission.
Before permission is given, all organisers need to submit an affidavit promising to maintain peace and harmony.
No place for new events
As per a tweet from an official, only religious traditional festivities will be allowed and new events will not be given permission.
Permission for microphones will not be allowed at any new places. Those already using loudspeakers can use them, but they have to keep the volume under control so that no one can face any difficulty.
Religious programmes can take place only at chosen spots, and road routes and traffic should not be disturbed.
The state government has decided to cancel the leaves of police and administrative personnel till May 4 and asked those officials who are on leave to report within 24 hours.
Yogi Adityanath directed the officials from the police station to the Additional Director General (ADG) level to hold dialogues with religious leaders and eminent personalities within the next 24 hours to ensure peace during the upcoming festivals and said mikes can be used at religious places but no new permission for their installation should be given.
Keep an eye on situation
Additionally, police forces should be deployed in sensitive areas and drones should be used to keep an eye on the situation. Every evening, the police force must do foot patrolling and police response vehicles (PRVs) should remain active, “he said while holding a law and order review meeting with senior officials.
“There are many important religious festivals in the coming days. The month of Ramadan is going on. Eid festival and Akshaya Tritiya are likely to be on the same day. In such a situation, considering the current environment, the police will have to be extra sensitive, “he said.
Stating that everyone has the freedom to follow his method of worship according to his religious ideology, the Chief Minister noted, “Although mikes can be used, make sure the sound does not come out of the premises. Other people should not have any problem. “
Yogi Adityanath added that the safety of every single citizen in Uttar Pradesh is the primary responsibility of the government and the people.
“All of us have to be alert and careful about this responsibility of ours,” he added.
All necessary efforts should be made keeping in view the local needs so that every festival is held in peace and harmony, he said, and called for stern action against those issuing mischievous statements.
Those trying to vitiate the atmosphere should be dealt with strictly. “There should be no place for such people in a civilised society,” he said.
He further added that religious programmes and worship should be held at the designated place only, and it should be ensured that no religious event takes place by disrupting traffic, he said.