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“No Religious Procession Without Permission In UP”: Yogi Adityanth’s New Order

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth chaired a meeting last night, reviewing the law-and-order in state. He has issued a set of directions that assume significance considering the recent clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area.

The government said in a statement that the directions being issued amid festivals of Eid and Akshay Tritiya are likely to fall on the same date early next month.

“No religious procession or marches will be allowed without proper permission. All organisers will be required to submit an affidavit promising to maintain peace and harmony before permission is given, the statement added. Only those religious traditional festivities will be allowed and new events will not be given permission,” a tweet from his official account said.

“No permission will be given for Microphones at any new locations, those already using loudspeakers can do it only after ensuring the volume does not disturb anyone,” the statement read. Religious programmes can happen only at designated spots and road routes and traffic will not be blocked, it added.

All the leaves of police officials have been canceled till May 4 by the state government. State government has asked all the ones who were on leave to report within 24 hours, news agency PTI reported.

“The leave of all administrative/police officers, from SHO, CO and district police chiefs to the district magistrate, the divisional commissioner is cancelled till May 4 with immediate effect. Those who are currently on leave must return to the place of posting within the next 24 hours. This arrangement should be ensured by the Chief Minister’s Office,” Yogi Adityanath said.

The CM also directed all the police officials 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 of their installation should be given.

Holding law and order review meeting with senior officials Yogi Adityanath said, “Additional police forces should be deployed in sensitive areas and drones used for keeping an eye on the situation. Every evening, the police force must do foot patrolling and police response vehicles (PRVs) should remain active.”

“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 further added.

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