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Security tightened in UP to curb violence, drones deployed, police on high alert ahead of Friday prayers

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: Violence took place in Uttar Pradesh on June 3 and June 10 over the controversial statement of Nupur Sharma. In such a situation, people are afraid that violence may flare up again today. Therefore, Yogi-led UP government has made more preparations than ever before to deal with the miscreants. More security arrangements have been made especially in those areas where violence took place last time. There is a police alert from Prayagraj to Kanpur. Security has also been tightened in Gorakhpur, Meerut and Amroha. Drones are also being monitored.

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The top police officers themselves are inspecting the sensitive areas. Commissioner, IG, DM, SSP all the officers did a flag march together from Atala to Nurullah Road. To deal with the situation, a magistrate has been deployed by dividing the entire area into 50 sectors. A large number of police forces have been deployed.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has identified 24 districts in the state as hyper-sensitive. All these districts will have a higher degree of vigilance. Areas in and around mosques in Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Agra, Mau, Sambhal, Meerut, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Ayodhya, Gonda and Saharanpur will be kept under watch too. Drones would be used to conduct surveillance in these areas.

Police have, meanwhile, arrested over 400 people in connection with the June 10 violence in Prayagraj, Saharanpur, Hathras, Aligarh, Firozabad and other districts of the state.

“We have made elaborate arrangements for the Friday prayers. Meetings with religious gurus, civil society and members of peace committees were held in districts. These meetings were attended by senior officials of range and zone, and also by SHOs concerned, “ADGP (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said. Kumar said police has taken the help of defence and “digital” volunteers to maintain peace in the state.

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All district police chiefs have been instructed to prevent violence anywhere in the state. They have been told to compile a record of persons arrested for law and order offences during previous public protests, including the anti-CAA and NRC riots, and to maintain tabs on their whereabouts.

The detailed order includes identifying those linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its frontal organisations, as well as taking preventative action against them and determining whether or not they have a criminal record.

A number of UP cities last Friday witnessed violent protests during the marches that were carried out to protest the controversial remarks made by Nupur Sharma in a TV debate.

UP Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Ali Zaidi said they have asked mosque managements not to allow controversial statements keeping in mind the June 10 violence. “From mosques, which are under the Board, speeches and statements that could vitiate the communal atmosphere in the state have been banned,” a statement issued by the Board said.

All management committees/administrators of mosques have been asked to ensure that there are no statements issued that could affect peace, the statement said.

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