No peace marches in UP till Ayodhya verdict
Lucknow: Ahead of the Ayodhya title
suit verdict to be pronounced later this week, the Uttar
Pradesh government has cancelled all the requests pending
before the district magistrates to take out "peace marches"
in the state.
"On the directions of the government, permissions to
hold peace marches have been cancelled from today till further
orders," Additional district Magistrate OP Pathak said.
He said that the move has been taken to maintain law and
order in the district.
A number of social organisations had proposed to hold
peace march today to appeal for peace and brotherhood.
"The permission given earlier to hold such marches
also stood cancelled," Pathak said.
"This order implies for the entire state," a senior
Home department official said.
The Princiapal Secretary, Home, Kunwar Fateh Bahadur has
issued directives to all the DMs and district police chiefs
not to permit processions, rallies and meetings in which a
large number of people would gather.
The government also ordered a ban on celebratory firing,
distribution of sweets and other actions expressing reaction
of a community post High Court Judgement.
The government is also contemplating to cancel all the
examinations, competitive and others on September 24 and has sought
a report in this regard from DMs.