21 UP districts declared sensitive for Holi

A day ahead of Holi, Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday declared 21 districts, including Meerut, Aligarh and Faizabad as sensitive and asked the authorities to be extra vigilant, said an official.

The government has asked the district magistrates and district police chiefs to be “extra vigilant” as the state has a history disturbances on the day of the festival. It warned of strict action against errant officials.

Meerut, Moradabad, Bareilly, Aligarh, Agra, Faizabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Firozabad and Mau have been provided with additional security forces, said inspector general of police (law and order) R K Vishwakarma.

“In all 39 companies of the provincial armed constabulary, 12 companies of rapid action force, 20 additional superintendent of police, 2,000 plus police recruits and constables have been pressed into service for Holi,” he said.

Twenty-one districts of the state has been declared as sensitive. With more than 27 communal riots reported in the last one year, the Samajwadi Party government of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is taking no chances.

“The chief minister has made it clear that no disturbance on the festival will be tolerated and that strict and punitive action will be taken against errant officials,” said a source.
Officials have been asked to patrol areas of their districts while Holi is being played and ensure that “even a small incident is attended to and sorted out”.

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