"Protect thy neighbour" is the new mantra of the Uttar Pradesh police to check any possible untoward situation in the aftermath of the verdict on the Ayodhya title suits slated to be pronounced on September 24.
Keeping in mind possibility of any trouble after the verdict is delivered on September 24, UP police is giving the responsibility of protecting the minorities to members of the majority community.
"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 PTI.
He said the exercise was part of a special scheme to check communal tension and was being implemented for the first time in the state.
As a part of the exercise, registers have been prepared at police stations in sensitive areas through peace committees.
Members of majority community, irrespective of their religion, have been asked to give in writing that they will protect religious places and property of the minorities, sources said.
Fresh peace committees have been constituted at village and locality levels for keeping an eye on the situation and alert the force in case of trouble.