Violence between two groups in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj area on Friday has left one killed and many injured. More clashes were reported on Saturday after rioters torched several shops as they returned from the cremation of the deceased Chandan Gupta.
“At least three shops owned by traders of a particular community in Ghantaghar area were set on fire, while two buses were vandalised in Nadraigate area on Mathura-Bareilly highway, after which police rushed to control the situation,” Times of India quoted a local resident.
The firing between the two groups left one Naushad injured, who has been admitted in a hospital in Aligarh, reported Indian Express. Uttar Pradesh Police took to Twitter to say that they had arrested nine people in connection with the clashes.
“A complaint has been filed at the Kasganj Police Station and nine involved persons have been arrested so far. A special team has also been constituted and we are trying to arrest others involved as well,” its tweet said.
उक्त घटना में थाना कोतवाली कासगंज पर तत्काल अभियोग पंजीकृत कर 09 अभियुक्तों को गिरफ्तार किया जा चुका है एवं विशेष टीम का गठन कर शेष अभियुक्तों की गिरफ्तारी हेतु हर सम्भव प्रयास किये जा रहे हैं । https://t.co/wQu9TYVlKj
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) January 27, 2018
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted from his official Twitter handle asking everyone to maintain peace while also expressing his grief on the death of an individual in the clashes.
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) January 26, 2018
The clash on Friday started over a tiranga yatra after the bike-borne members carrying Indian flags insisted passing through a certain neighbourhood. Ripudaman Singh, Station House Officer, Kasganj, was quoted by Indian Express that a group objected to certain slogans being raised by the bike-borne members of the tiranga-yatra.
BJP’s Kasganj district chief, Purendra Pratap Singh Solanki, said that his party was not involved in the clash adding that the victim, Chandan Gupta, did not belong to the BJP or any of its affiliated organisations, reported News18.