UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday broke his silence after communal clashes erupted in the state’s Kasganj area. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned of strict action against the perpetrators of violence and said those indulging in anarchy will not be spared. His remarks came after days of violence in Kasganj where clashes broke out last Friday in which one person – Chandan Gupta – was killed and two others were injured. “Our government is committed to provide security to each and every citizen. Those indulging in anarchy will not be spared,” he told mediapersons. The chief minister warned that strict action will be taken against the perpetrators of violence and no guilty party will be allowed to go scot free.
At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after Chandan Gupta was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally was taken out to celebrate Republic Day. As many as 118 people have been arrested in connection with the violence following which security forces are maintaining strict vigil.
The incident drew flak from Governor Ram Naik who described it as a blot on Uttar Pradesh and said it was a matter of shame. In an embarrassment for the Uttar Pradesh government, Governor Ram Naik had termed the Kasganj communal clashes as a blot on the state and asked the state authorities to initiate measures to ensure such incidents did not recur. Describing the clashes as shameful, Naik observed that this was for the first time in the last 9-10 months that such an incident occurred in the state.
Also, under fire over the violence, the UP government went into damage control mode and shunted out Kasganj Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Singh to a less significant post, according to officials. Piyush Srivastava was appointed the new Kasganj SP, officials said. Singh was sent to Police Training School, Meerut, in the same rank, they said.