Yogi Adityanath’s government has increased security measures in several areas of Uttar Pradesh ahead of Friday Namaz on June 17 to prevent violence. The action has been taken after the violence that the Islamists had unleashed in several parts of Uttar Pradesh, as well as in many other states of India, on June 10, after the Friday Namaz, in protest against the former BJP spokesman, Nupur Sharma.
The Uttar Pradesh government has reportedly sounded a high alert in all districts and there will be tight security during Friday prayers tomorrow. Uttar Pradesh Police have identified 24 districts in the state as hypersensitive. All these districts will have a higher degree of surveillance. Areas in and around mosques in Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Agra, Mau, Sambhal, Meerut, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Ayodhya, Gonda and Saharanpur will also be under surveillance. Drones would be used to conduct surveillance in these areas.
Additional Director General (Law & Order) Prashant Kumar said that elaborate arrangements have been made for prayers on Friday 17 June.
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The DGP headquarters sent an instruction to all district police chiefs to prevent violence on June 17. This includes compiling a register of people arrested for crimes against law and order during previous public protests, including the CAA and NRC riots, and keeping a record of their whereabouts.
The directive also specifies identifying members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its front organizations, as well as taking preventive measures against them and determining whether or not they have criminal records.
Lucknow, Kanpur and Saharanpur police said district administrations have imposed banning orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for not allowing gatherings on roads and public places.
“People have been advised to go home after prayers in mosques. We have also asked local religious leaders to ensure that there are no adverse incidents. Peace committee meetings are also held regularly,” said a senior Uttar Pradesh police officer.
Meanwhile, in Gorakhpur, the police have started holding flag marches and drills ahead of tomorrow’s Friday Namaz. ANI quoted Vipin Tanda, SSP Gorakhpur as saying: “We are talking to all the religious leaders. We’re patrolling the city to keep the peace. With the preparations in hand, we do not believe that anyone will attempt to violate law and order.”
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We are talking to all the religious leaders. We’re patrolling the city to keep the peace. With preparations in hand, we do not believe that anyone will attempt to violate law and order – Vipin Tanda, SSP Gorakhpur pic.twitter.com/BWyR8q0cH3
– ANI UP / Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) June 16, 2022
According to a report by India Today, due to the incident of violence on June 10, Lucknow police also enhanced security at Lucknow’s Teele Wali Masjid ahead of Friday prayers. Last Friday, an Islamist mob gathered at Teele Wali Masjid after his Namaz to protest against former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma. The protest had taken a violent turn, with Islamists reportedly shouting “Allah Hu Akbar” and throwing stones, arson and vandalism. The incident caught the Lucknow district administration by surprise, prompting them to deploy heavy security forces ahead of Friday morning (June 17) prayers.
Lucknow Commissioner DK Thakur said: “On June 10, a crowd raised Allah Hu Akbar slogans at Teele Wali Masjid. Police forces were deployed to control the situation, but the situation became tense in other areas. We have tightened security and we have also called on religious leaders to keep the peace.”
In addition, a police officer at the DGP headquarters in Lucknow also reported that 130 Provincial Armed Police (PAC) companies have been deployed in different districts to maintain law and order ahead of the prayers on Friday, June 17.
“The state police social media cell is monitoring different social media platforms 24 hours a day for content that incites communal feelings and action is being taken against those involved in such things,” he said.
Yogi Adityanath’s government asks authorities to auction houses of fugitives if they don’t surrender
On June 10, Islamist mobs rioted in many parts of the country following Friday Namaz. In some places, angry crowds set fire to the Nupur Sharma effigy and banners, while in others they threw stones, injuring police and citizens, and causing property damage.
While continuing to crack down on the June 10 violence, the UP government ordered state police to auction the illegally built residential properties of fugitives who refused to surrender in the Prayagraj violence case. On June 10, as in many other UP cities, Islamists staged violent protests in the city of Prayagraj after weekly prayers. The city saw Islamists throw stones at police forces and demand strict action against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her alleged blasphemous comments.
Additionally, Uttar Pradesh police made 357 arrests in nine districts of the state in the June 10 incident. It includes 20 in Firozabad, 41 in Ambedkar Nagar, 40 in Moradabad, 85 in Saharanpur, 97 in Prayagraj, 55 in Hathras, 6 in Aligarh, 5 in Jalaun and 8 in Kheri.