Prophet remarks row: Tight security, high alert in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Friday prayers.
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.
UP govt has tightened security ahead of Friday prayers A high alert has been sounded by the police across the state The state police also conducted flag march and drills to prevent any violence
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Police has tightened security and a high alert has been sounded across the state ahead of Friday prayers, days after violence rocked parts of the state over now-suspended BJP
spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks against Prophet Mohammad. According to reports, the state police also held meetings with religious leaders of the state to ensure peace and harmony prevails in the state. The UP Shia Central Waqf Board has also asked mosque managements that come under it not to allow controversial statements.
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.
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.