Kasganj, UP: After the communal violence between Hindus and Muslims, at least three shops, two private buses and a car were torched on the second day of in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj city on Saturday, police said.
A young Hindu boy was killed in clashes following stone-pelting on a motorcycle Tiranga rally taken out to celebrate the Republic Day by ABVP. Violence erupted after the cremation of the boy, who died on Friday.
Internet services have also been suspended till 10 pm on Sunday in trouble-torn areas in western Uttar Pradesh, where a curfew was imposed after clashes on Friday, to prevent spread of rumours on social media, they said.
Elaborating about the extent of damage, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told PTI, “In all, three shops have been damaged, by pouring petrol below the shutter and setting it afire. Fire was also set on the seats of two private buses, but the engine of the buses are intact. One empty kiosk was also set ablaze by the anti-social elements. In the evening, the seats of an abandoned car were set ablaze.”
He claimed that no violence took place on Saturday, and “violence took place only yesterday (Friday)”.
A bus set on fire by a group of people who went on a rampage after the cremation of a young man killed on Friday in Kasganj.
The ADG added, “Some anti-social elements had tried to break into the gate of a mosque yesterday (Friday), but were unable to do so, as police chased them away.”
Meanwhile, District Magistrate RP Singh said, “Internet services were also suspended in trouble-torn area till 10 pm on 28 January.”
Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said, “Two cases were registered yesterday (Friday). As many as nine arrests in two cases, 40 more preventive arrests have been made.
The principal secretary (home) also informed, “After the peaceful cremation in the morning, some miscreants have tried to disturb peace which has been strictly dealt with. Only sporadic attempts of arson in the outskirts took place today (Saturday).”
A strong posse of RAF and PAC personnel have intensified vigil in the district, whose borders have been sealed to stop elements detrimental to peace from sneaking into the city.
“In all, 50 accused persons have been arrested. Efforts are on to arrest the rest of the accused,” the ADG said, adding that the figure was likely to go up.
Meanwhile, the police on Saturday stopped firebrand leader Sadhvi Prachi in Aligarh and prevented her from visiting Kasganj.
She, however, said: “If the district administration really wanted, it would have not allowed the violence.”
Earlier on Saturday, Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “Anti-social elements today (Saturday) tried to set on fire a small shop on the city’s outskirts… Some of them have been taken into custody, while others were chased away.”
Superintendent of Police, Kasganj, Sunil Kumar Singh, said: “Anti-social elements had set two shoe shops on fire in Ghantaghar market, and fire brigade was pressed into action.
“Apart from this, one utensil shop was set afire and a bus was also damaged by anti-social elements, who set it on fire. Fire brigade was called in to douse the fires.”
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya described the violence as unfortunate, and said the people behind it would not go unpunished.
But Samajwadi Party spokesperson Sunil Singh ‘Sajan’ demanded more than just assurance from the state government.
“The Uttar Pradesh government must act tough on the anti-social elements, so that this acts as a deterrent for others.”
Uttar Pradesh Congress spokesperson Virendra Madan suggested the violence was connected to Lok Sabha polls, due next year.
“The state government must show seriousness and control the situation at the earliest… Is there any possible link of this violence with 2019 Lok Sabha elections for polarisation?”
According to a daily Vernacular’s report on Friday morning, the students council and Hindu activist workers were taking trips to the bikes. When this visit reached Muslim Bahluliya Muhalla Hulka, the workers here started slogans of Vande Mataram, Bharat Mata Ki Jai and “Bharat me rehena hoga toh vande mataram bolna hoga” (If one wants to stay in India, one has to sing vande mataram).
When the news of the incident spread to the city, Hindus gathered. The people of the other community also took control. Stoning and firing started from the roofs of the house. In a short span of time, the miscreants firing on Tahsil road too.
In which the death of Chandan Gupta son Sushil Gupta resident of Gulhi Shivalaya Railway Road died due to the bullet. While Youth Prince and Naushad got injured Naushad has been referred to Aligarh. Half a dozen others have been injured in the stone pelting stones. Including some police personnel.
According to certain media reports a few people were riding motorcycles carrying the tricolours and were chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
As the procession reached muslim community-dominated Baddunagar, they raised slogans “ Bharat me”anti-social elements” pelted stones and opened fire. “In this (firing), Chandan was killed and Naushad was injured. Naushad was referred to Aligarh for treatment,” it said. Another man, identified as Akram, received head injuries.The motorcycle rally was taken out by VHP and ABVP volunteers as part of celebrations on the 69th Republic Day.