India: a political party calls for demonstrations in Bareilly, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, on June 17

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June 15, 2022 | 04:32 UTC

A political party plans to protest at Islamia Ground in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India on June 17. Assembly ban imposed; possible clashes.

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The Ittehad-e-Milat party called for a rally at the Islamia Ground in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh state, on June 17. The gathering is expected to take place after the Islamic noon prayers. Hundreds of people are likely to join the rally, despite the imposition of Section 144 orders in several districts across the state. The ordinances prohibit unauthorized gatherings of more than four people. The organizers denounce the comments of the politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Similar protests took place in various locations across the country on June 10, with violence reported at multiple sites.

The deployment of security is almost certain on the site. Police are likely to prevent or disperse the gathering, potentially sparking violent altercations. Counter-rallies and communal clashes may also occur in additional unannounced protests near Hindu religious sites. Protesters could commit arson and vandalism. Localized transport disruptions are likely near any protest. Authorities can impose heightened security measures such as restrictions on public travel and telecommunications services in the event of significant violence.

The rally venue is approximately 188 km (117 miles) northeast of Agra.

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Avoid all gatherings due to possible violence. If clashes occur, leave the area immediately. Allow extra travel time near gathering places. Do not attempt to cross roadblocks, as protesters may react violently. Be careful near religious sites. Heed all safety and traffic advisories.

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