Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, presided over a law-and-order review meeting yesterday night, delivering a series of directives that are significant in light of recent violence in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri neighbourhood.
The ministry stated in a statement that the directives were made because the Eid and Akshay Tritiya celebrations are expected to fall on the same day early next month.
Moreover, it said that no religious procession or march will be permitted unless prior permission is obtained. Before authorization is granted, all organisers will be forced to file an affidavit committing to maintaining peace and unity, according to the statement.
New events will not be permitted, according to a tweet from his official account. Only religious customary rituals will be permitted.
Microphones will not be allowed in any new sites, and those who are already utilising loudspeakers can do so only if the level does not disrupt others, according to the statement.
Religious events can only take place in approved areas, and road routes and traffic will not be disrupted, according to the statement.
According to news agency PTI, the state administration on Monday cancelled all police and administrative leave in the state until May 4 and directed all personnel on leave to report within 24 hours.
Yogi Adityanath ordered to hold dialogue within the next 24 hours to ensure peace during the upcoming festivals
Yogi Adityanath directed officials from the police station to the level of Additional Director General (ADG) to hold dialogues with religious leaders and eminent personalities within the next 24 hours to ensure peace during the upcoming festivals and said that while microphones can be used at religious sites, no new permission for their installation should be given.
“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.
“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,” Yogi Adityanath 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,” Yogi Adityanath said.
The Chief Minister stated that everyone has the freedom to worship in his or her own way, according to his or her religious belief “Although mikes can be used, make sure the sound does not come out of the premises. Other people should not have any problem.”
He further stated that no clearance should be granted for the microphones to be installed at new locations.
Yogi Adityanath went on to say that the administration and the people of Uttar Pradesh share primary responsibility for the protection of every single citizen.
“All of us have to be alert and careful about this responsibility of ours,” he added.
He said that all required measures should be done while taking in mind local demands to ensure that every celebration is held in peace and unity and that those who make defamatory statements should be dealt with harshly.
“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.
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. “If they (officials) have government accommodation, they should stay there or take one on rent, but they have to stay in their posting place at night. It should be strictly followed,” he said.