UP govt issues directive banning religious events on roads ahead of festivals Lucknow News – Times of India

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh The government on Wednesday issued directions regarding holding of events in the state and ordered that no religious event should be held by blocking roads and traffic in view of the upcoming holidays. Eid and Akshay Tritiya,
According to an official release, Principal Secretary (Home) Sanjay Prasad, Director General of Police (DGP) RK Vishwakarma and other senior officers held a review meeting with all the field staff deployed in the state through video conferencing and issued necessary directions.
DGP Vishwakarma said that there should be adequate planning to ensure the security of religious places and more police should be deployed in sensitive areas.
Prasad directed all officers posted in the field to ensure that religious programs and worship services are held at designated places only. The release clearly states that under no circumstances should any religious event cause obstruction to the roads or traffic.
He said, “In the past we have been able to do this through communication. This year also we have to make the same effort.”
According to the release, no religious procession or any other procession should be taken out without permission. It states that only those religious processions should be allowed which are traditional and unnecessary permission should not be given to new events.
The Principal Secretary also asked the officers to be vigilant about social media and ensure prompt response to any attempt aimed at spreading fake news. He said that a senior officer should refute rumours/fake news.
“The safety of every citizen in the state is the primary responsibility of all of us. The month of Ramzan is underway. Eid-ul-Fitr, Akshaya Tritiya and Parshuram Jayanti are likely to be celebrated on the same day on April 22.” Prasad said that in view of the prevailing situation, the police will have to be extra careful.

“Deal sternly with those making mischievous statements. Strict action should be taken against unruly elements who try to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” he said.
DGP Vishwakarma took details of the preparations made for the upcoming festivals from all Zone/Range/District level officers and directed that the police force should do continuous patrolling in congested areas and senior officers should also be involved in this.
(With inputs from PTI)