Kasganj violence: Tension once again prevailed in Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh today when shops were set on fire, while several properties were vandalized on Saturday. The police meanwhile have reached the spot to control the situation. About five shops were torched by a mob while they were returning from the cremation of Chandan Gupta who died in firing between two groups on Friday, reported the Indian Express. According to police, Chandan Gupta died after he was hit by a bullet in the chest during the clash. The clash had broken out over an unauthorised rally to mark the Republic Day.
According to reports, yesterday, some unidentified people in this district of Uttar Pradesh had 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. According to police, some people were injured in the incident and a number of vehicles damaged. The district administration had also imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the trouble-hit area.
Amid the Republic Day celebrations on Friday, two low-intensity explosions also hit Assam suspected to have been carried out by ULFA (Independent) insurgents, while clashes erupted in in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj. However, colourful tableaux, synchronised parades, and enthusiasm and excitement among students marked the day in rest of the country as it celebrated the 69th Republic Day amid tight security.
Police said two blasts that occurred in Assam were within a gap of a few minutes in a drain near the Jagun police station, and the other one at Tirap colliery near the Ledo police station. Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay told reporters in Guwahati the explosions were of low intensity and was carried out by the ULFA(I) to prove its existence. In other states, Governors unfurled the tricolour and outlined its achievements while also urging the citizens of the Republic to take the pledge to meet the challenges ahead. In Kashmir, all Republic Day programmes, including the main event in Srinagar, were uneventful amid heightened security measures in view of intelligence reports suggesting that militants might target the functions.