It mentioned about the arrests made by the police and the circumstances leading to the death of 22-year-old Chandan Gupta. Superintendent of Police (SP) Piyush Srivastava, who was posted in Kasganj only on Monday informed that a total of 113 persons have been arrested under various charges.
“All facts are being ascertained to know if violence was pre-planned or not”, said the report. “These miscreants were backed by some local politicians, who had grudges against police and local administration, who in the past came down heavily on their illegal sand-mining activities”, he said.
Authorities stopped a Congress delegation in Mirhachi area in Etah on the border of Kasganj district. Stray incidents of violence were reported from Kasganj which continued to be tense with a heavy deployment of RAF and PAC personnel to keep a check on trouble makers.
In a video from Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj, where communal clashes broke out on Republic Day, a group of men are seen on a road, armed with guns, clubs and sticks.
Talking with ANI, Gupta said, “Contrary to rumours spread on social media, Rahul Upadhyay is alive”.
While T Raja was allowed to enter Kasganj despite a ban, a Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) delegation led by state party president Raj Babbar was denied permission on Wednesday to enter the district. The clashes started after an argument between two groups when the “Tiranga Yatra” was passing through a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood.
R.P. Singh, the district magistrate of Kasganj, identified the arrested suspect as Mohammad Salim.
The UP Police said drone cameras had been deployed for aerial surveillance and described the situation as improving.
The Yogi Adityanath government, which stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh riding a saffron wave almost a year ago, was recently advised by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to tone up law and order in the state. Rallies were attempted in Aligarh, Agra and Firozabad, districts close to Kasganj, as well as Bareilly and Kanpur. A police source said that “there were over 50 youths and one of them had the Indian flag”.