A day ahead of Holi, Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday declared 21
districts, including Meerut, Aligarh and Faizabad as sensitive and
asked the authorities to be extra vigilant across the state, an
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 among others have been provided with additional security
forces, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) R.K.
Vishwakarma told IANS.
"In all 39 companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC),
12 companies of rapid action force (RAF), 20 additional
superintendent of police (ASPs), 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 would be tolerated and that strict and punitive action
would be taken against errant officials," a close associate of the
chief minister told IANS.
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".