Kasganj violence a 'minor' incident: UP minister

Jan 30, 2018, 01:14
Kasganj violence a 'minor' incident: UP minister

One person was killed and another critically injured as two communities clashed on Republic Day in the Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh Jan. 26, police said. "National Security Act (NSA) will be slapped on the criminals for vitiating the atmosphere", he said.

Meanwhile, 49 people have been arrested in connection with the conflict on Friday. One person identified as Chandan Gupta was killed in the firing as part of the violence that erupted when two religious groups clashed.

While nine accused have been arrested on charges of murder and rioting, 39 have been arrested for disruption of law and order situation, which include those who torched buses and shops.

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A special investigation is formed by the UP government to probe the communal clashes.

The matter was brought to the notice of the state government and mobile numbers of the callers were also given but so far only a case was registered and no arrests were made. District authorities in Kasganj said the situation was returning to normal. A number of vehicles and shops were also vandalised in this communal clash. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told PTI news agency the district administration had the situation under control, but had called in additional forces as a preventive measure.

He added the police was trying to make people "understand communal bonhomie". "The situation in Kasganj is under control. Sufficient police personnel have been deployed".

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Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Kumar said that the police has prepared a list of the troublemakers and efforts were on to arrest them.

Trouble began in the town when some unidentified people hurled stones at a motorcycle rally taken out by volunteers of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on the Mathura-Bareilly highway.

Though UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday declared an ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of Chandan, his father and mother refused the monetary compensation from the state and demanded a martyr status for their son.

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