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UP Bans Processions On Muharram In View Of Covid Pandemic, Security Concerns

Adequate police pressure might be deployed in containment zones, the order stated. (File)

Lucknow:

The Uttar Pradesh authorities has requested district authorities to not permit any non secular processions to be taken out on the event of Muharram in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and safety issues.

”Tazias” won’t be put in publicly. However, they are often arrange at houses, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi stated in instructions issued to district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and different senior officers.

“Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, no permission should be granted to take out any processions/”Tazias”,” the order stated.

It additionally directed officers to speak to spiritual leaders to make sure strict compliance of the order.

Adequate police pressure might be deployed in delicate areas and containment zones, it added.

The order additionally requested officers to stay vigilant about anti-social components who might attempt to disturb communal amity and the potential of terrorists concentrating on widespread residents.

“Special consideration needs to be paid to anti-social components and people spreading rumours. Checking needs to be performed at public locations like railway stations, bus stations and non secular locations.

“Social media needs to be routinely monitored and applicable motion needs to be taken in case an objectionable publish is discovered. The publish should be blocked. Special alertness should be maintained as the potential of elevated sensitivity as a result of Muharram occurring within the month of Shravan can’t be dominated out,” it stated.

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