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UP CM Yogi Adityanath Issues Set Of Rules For Conducting Religious Processions

UP CM Yogi Adityanath Issues Set Of Rules For Conducting Religious Processions

In the past few weeks, a lot of violent clashes between two communities have been reported in various states during the Ram Navami processions and Hanuman Jayanti processions. In a review meeting conducted last night, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued a set of directions for conducting religious processions. This decision came amid recent clashes reported in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. Releasing an official statement, the UP government said that the rules are being issued as the festival of Eid and Akshay Tritiya are going to fall on the same date in early May. Laying out the directions, the government said that no religious procession or marches would be allowed without prior permission. The organisers will not have to submit an affidavit promising that they will maintain peace and harmony before clearance is granted. A tweet from CMO, Uttar Pradesh read that only those religious traditional festivals would be allowed, and no new events will be permitted to conduct religious procession or marches. The new rules also mentioned that no new permission for microphones would be given, and religious programmes can only happen at designated spots without blocking the road routes or daily traffic. While holding a review meeting with senior officials, CM Yogi Adityanath directed all police officials to report immediately and cancelled the leaves of all police officials’ leaves until May 4. “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,” added the UP CM. Yogi Adityanath said that the safety of every single citizen of Uttar Pradesh is of paramount importance, and ensuring that is the responsibility of the government and the people. 

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