The organizer’s affidavit is mandatory for religious processions: UP CM | India News

LUCKNOW/MUMBAI: The UP government on Tuesday ordered that an affidavit from the organizer be required before any religious procession in the state. Order is important following violence in Delhi during a religious procession last week.
During a late night video conference with officials, Yogi Adityanath ordered all police officials to remain extremely vigilant as Eid and Akshaya Tritiya will likely coincide on the same day.
“Before giving permission, a sworn statement must be taken from the organizer regarding the maintenance of peace and harmony. Permission should only be given to religious processions, which are traditional events and new events should not be permitted,” he said.
Yogi requested the officials of the rank of Director General additional to that of post officer to open dialogue with the religious leaders and prominent citizens in their respective regions within the next 24 hours to ensure peace during the upcoming festivals.
“Treat harshly those who issue statements that vitiate harmony and ensure that religious programs and worship take place at the designated place and do not disrupt traffic,” the CM said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress Speaker Nana Patole on Monday called on the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to ban gatherings of anyone trying to incite communal tension in the state.
Patole’s comments come a week after MNS’s Raj Thackeray issued an ultimatum to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3 and recent communal violence at religious processions in the city, such as at Mankhurd on Ram Navami and at Aarey Colony on Sunday. Raj Thackeray is expected to address a rally in Aurangabad on May 1, Maharashtra’s founding day.