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UP bans Muharram processions in view of COVID pandemic, security concerns

By PTI

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government has asked district authorities not to allow any religious procession to be taken out on the occasion of Muharram in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and security concerns.

‘Tazias’ will not be planted in public.

However, they can be installed in homes, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said in instructions issued to district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and other senior officials.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no procession/taking out ‘Tazia’ should be allowed,” the order said.

It also directed officials to speak to religious leaders to ensure strict compliance of the order.

It said that adequate police force would be deployed in sensitive areas and containment zones.

The order also asked the officials to be alert about anti-social elements who may try to disturb communal harmony and there is a possibility of terrorists targeting civilians.

“Special attention should be paid to anti-social elements and rumor mongers. Checking should be done at public places like railway stations, bus stations and religious places.

“Social media should be monitored regularly and appropriate action should be taken if objectionable posts are found. Posts should be blocked. Special caution should be taken as the possibility of increased sensitivity due to Muharram in the month of Shravan should not be ruled out.” Can be done. out,” it said.

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