Kasganj violence: 10 booked on charges of murder and rioting

The Congress delegation, to be led by former MLA Vivek Bansal, could not reach Kasganj as he was detained at his residence in Aligarh this morning.

R.P. Singh, the district magistrate of Kasganj, identified the arrested suspect as Mohammad Salim.

Bansal was going to Kasganj at the behest of the Congress central leadership.

"One of my friends informed me about rumours on the social media about me getting killed during the violence, but I was not present in Kasganj".

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.

Chandan Gupta was killed in clashes after a mob on a motorcycle rally, taken out by members of RSS wings of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), disturbed Republic Day celebrations in a Muslim-dominated locality of Kasganj.

The government conveyed to the Home Ministry that the police were investigating the case and all facts are being ascertained to know if the violence was pre-planned.

CM Adityanath asserted that those found guilty will not be spared.

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"Anarchy has no place in the state".

It is understood that the UP government has shared the details of the measures taken by the state administration and progress report of the investigation of the incident.

Even as the state police arrested 110 people over the outbreak of violence, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath-speaking to reporters in Lucknow on Tuesday-said "our government is committed to provide security to each and every citizen". Life, however, appeared to be returning to normal.

"In Amanpur, some anti-social elements tried to foment trouble by damaging a dome-like structure on the boundary wall of an Eidgah". Why could situation not be controlled within time?

The circular has also directed SPs and SSPs to step up vigil in communally sensitive areas and ensure police presence and patrolling there.

Rapid Action Force personnel in Kasganj.

The prime accused in the murder of Chandan Gupta in Kasganj was arrested today as the strife-torn western Uttar Pradesh town, which saw communal clashes last week, moved towards normalcy despite tension in some pockets, officials said.

  • Sonia Alvarado