49 held as violence continues in Kasganj despite curfew

Uttar Pradesh Youth dies in clashes during VHP ABVP rally in Kasganj

Uttar Pradesh Youth dies in clashes during VHP ABVP rally in Kasganj

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said the mismanagement by the Uttar Pradesh government and the local administration caused the clashes.

The Rapid Action Force (RAF) had been deployed in the violence-hit areas and police patrolling has been increased.

Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj district witnessed communal violence for the second consecutive day on Saturday when a group vandalised few shops and attacked a religious structure.

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has alleged that incidents like Kasganj violence were outcomes of divisive politics of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and possibilities of occurrence violent incidents like this in other parts of state can not be ruled out.

"The guilty are being arrested". House-to-house searches are going on.

Elaborating about the extent of damage, additional director general of police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told PTI, "In all, three shops have been damaged, by pouring petrol below the shutter and setting it afire".

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A bus was also set on fire in the latest flare-up in the city, where a curfew was imposed on Saturday after the clashes. This was a 'prabhat pheri' (morning event).Some anti-social elements started pelting stones. Since then, we are keeping a close watch. "The truth will come out only when an independent judicial investigation is conducted by a sitting High Court judge", Mr. Tiwari said. "National Security Act (NSA) will be slapped on the criminals for vitiating the atmosphere", he said. The administration also organised a meeting of the district peace committee to restore normalcy.

There were reports of firing as well and sources told Firstpost that three people are critically injured, while one person was dead.

The Yogi Adityanath government, meanwhile, emphasised that none of the mischief mongers would be spared.

"Till now, 49 people have been arrested in connection with Kasganj clash".

The Congress demanded an independent judicial probe by a sitting high court judge into the incident.

The state police said today that a complaint has been registered at the Kasganj police station and a special team has been formed to arrest others involved in the violence.

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