The UP police's mantra is, "Protect thy neighbour". In other words, the police have handed over the responsibility of safeguarding the minority community to the majority and vice versa.
"An exercise has been carried out where members of both the communities depending on their population in the respective areas has been asked to pledge to protect each other," Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal told a news agency.
The exercise was part of a special scheme to check communal tension and was being implemented for the first time in the state, the officer informed.
Quoting sources, the agency report stated that registers have been prepared at police stations in sensitive areas through peace committees.
Members of majority community have been asked to give in writing that they will protect religious places and property of the minorities, sources revealed.