The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has declared that no procession should be allowed on the occasion of Muharram in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Muharram is celebrated by the Shia Muslim community.
The Directorate General of Police in the state has issued guidelines declaring that people will not be permitted to gather and conduct mourning processions.
Police across all districts have been instructed to take clerics, peace committees and other community leaders into confidence and ensure that COVID-19 norms are not flouted.
They have also been instructed to maintain a strict vigil across the state, especially in areas where disputes have been reported in the past.