Kasganj violence pre-planned or not

Uttar Pradesh (UP), saw rioting and vandalism following communal clashes on 26 January where a mosque was damaged, a shop was burnt, and locals got into heated altercations at different places in Kasganj district. During the clash the man who shot dead 22-year-old Chandan Gupta has been arrested today, the police confirmed. 

The Uttar Pradesh government submitted a report on the incidents in Kasganj to the Union Home ministry conveying that the police were probing the violence and also “All facts are being ascertained to know if violence was pre-planned or not,” said the report. 

“Saleem, the main accused, has been nabbed,” IG, Aligarh range, Sanjeev Gupta said. “Aged below 30, Saleem, and his two brothers, Naseem and Waseem, were accused of killing 22-year-old college student Chandan Gupta”, police officials said.        

The killing had led to further violence last week.  At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after Gupta died of gunshot wounds.  

Over 150 arrests have been made in connection with the Kasganj violence, the officials said. “Saleem has admitted that he had opened fire at Chandan,” IG Sanjeev Gupta claimed. While Saleem was hiding in Kasganj, his two accused brothers were yet to be traced, police officials said.       

District authorities, meanwhile, stopped a Congress delegation in Mirhachi area of Etah, close to Kasganj border. The delegation was denied permission due to law and order issues, officials said.     

District Magistrate, Kasganj, R P Singh refused permission to the Congress delegation apprehending that their visit to the troubled areas might create more problems.   

Tension still prevailed in a few pockets of the town. Police said normalcy was slowly returning while the security personnel had intensified patrolling in sensitive areas.      

The UP government, meanwhile, sent a report to the Union Home Ministry on the violence and steps taken to control it.    

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that his government was committed to providing security to each and every citizen.        

“Anarchy has no place in the state,” he said promising strict action against the perpetrators of violence.       

The UP government has come under fire over the clashes with even Governor Ram Naik terming the Kasganj violence a “blot” on the state. Opposition parties have also attacked the state government over the clashes.