Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav today demanded action against culprits while cautioning the government that no injustice should be done to the innocent. Yadav also termed the violence as “unfortunate” since it began on the Republic Day. “This, happening on Republic Day is unfortunate. People of Kasganj respect each other. We want action against culprits but no injustice should be done, ” Akhilesh said. Reacting to the development, Principal Home Secretary Arvind Kumar said the situation is now under control and the police force was immediately sent to the violence-hit area. “Few incidents of fire were reported today on the outskirts, but no violence was reported. Chief Minister is also monitoring the situation” Kumar said. So far, 31 people allegedly involved in the clashes were arrested, a tweet from UP Police official handle claimed.
Earlier in the day, miscreants damaged at least three shops and torched a few other commercial establishments on the second day of violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj city. A young boy was also killed in yesterday’s clashes following pelting of stones on a motorcycle rally was taken out to celebrate the Republic Day. A bus was also set on fire in the latest flare-up in the city, where a curfew was imposed. The Firefighters were seen on duty to douse the fires.
उक्त संबंध में कासगंज पुलिस द्वारा 31 लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है ।
— KASGANJ POLICE (@kasganjpolice) January 27, 2018
Clashes broke out yesterday after stones were reportedly pelted on the motorcycle rally taken out by VHP and ABPV volunteers as part of 69th Republic Day celebrations. Following the tensions, 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.”Anti-social elements today tried to set on fire a small shop on the city’s outskirts… Some of the anti-social elements have been taken into custody, while others were chased away,” Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said. “Our main job at this point of time is to ensure that along with normal law and order situation, brotherhood among communities also remains intact,” Kumar told reporters.
He added the police was trying to make people “understand communal bonhomie”. “The situation is under control and will remain so. Sufficient police personnel have been deployed.” Superintendent of Police, Kasganj, Sunil Kumar Singh, said: “Anti-social elements had set two shoe shops afire in Ghantghar market, and fire brigade was pressed into action. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya described the violence as unfortunate, and said the people behind it would not go unpunished.