LUCKNOW: Continuing with the crackdown over June 10 violence, Uttar Pradesh police arrested 357 accused from nine districts till Thursday.
It includes – 20 in Firozabad, 41 in Ambedkar Nagar, 40 in Moradabad, 85 in Saharanpur, 97 in Prayagraj, 55 in Hathras, six in Aligarh, five in Jalaun and eight in Kheri, taking the number to 357.
On the other hand, 150 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and another 20 companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in sensitive areas across the state.

UP police also identified 24 districts as hyper-sensitive in terms of law and order situation ahead of Friday prayers.
The list includes Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Agra, Mau, Sambhal, Meerut, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Ayodhya, Gonda, Balrampur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Bulandshahr, Bijnore, Bareilly and Saharanpur, among others.
Companies of RAF and PAC have been dispatched for these districts to maintain law and order during and after Friday prayers.
The DGP headquarters have also issued a set of directions to all district police chiefs ahead of June 17. This includes preparing a list of those booked for law and order violations during public protests in the past, particularly the anti-CAA, NRC agitations and keeping a track on their activities.

The order also mentions identifying members of Popular Front of India (PFI) and its frontal organisations and taking preventive action against these persons and checking whether or not they have a criminal history.
ADG law and order Prashant Kumar said that emphasis is also on greater and continuous outreach and engagement, especially youth, through talks.
Kumar said that all district police chiefs have been instructed to get all CCTVs functional and conduct mock riot drills.
“There will be continuous watch on social media to identify anyone writing a wrong comment and to take legal action. Police response vehicles will be stationed while intensive foot patrolling will be done in sensitive areas,” added the ADG.

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