Yogi breaks silence on Kasganj riots; BJP MP blames Pak supporters

Politics over Kasganj riots escalates; source: Hindustan Times

January 29: UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanand, broke his silence on the Kasganj riots and said that he won’t ‘tolerate anarchy in the state’ on Tuesday. He further called a high-level meeting and promised that necessary action will be taken.

 

BJP MP of Uttar Pradesh Vinay Katiyar also came out with a controversial claim that pro-Pakistan demonstrators had incited the Kasganj violence last week that ultimately led to the death of 22-year-old Chandan Gupta.

“The Kasganj incident is extremely unfortunate. There were no communal clashes in the district in the past as all communities lived in harmony. But some miscreants have come into light who support Pakistan and will go to any extent to defy the tricolour. They need to be dealt with strictly.” – said Katiyar, speaking to news agency ANI. 

Fresh instances of violence also erupted on Monday night when a shop was set on fire by unidentified men. According to Scroll.in, the incident, which took place around 10.30 pm in Indira Market area, pose challenges to the district administration that had earlier claimed that the situation was getting back to normal. 

Inspector General of Police (Aligarh) Sanjeev Gupta described the incident as a “guerrilla style-attack”.

On Sunday, the district magistrate of Bareilly, Raghvendra Vikram Singh, said in a Facebook post that it has become a “trend” for people to forcefully “enter Muslim-dominated localities, raise anti-Pakistan slogans and then create ruckus”, The Times of India reported. Two days after the clash, the DM wrote on Facebook:

“Ajab rivaz ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo me jabrdasti julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyon bhai, ve Pakistani hain kya? (There is this strange trend of late. Take out processions by force through Muslim dominated localities and raise anti-Pakistan slogans. Why? Are these people Pakistani?).”

A total of 112 people had been arrested on Sunday after communal clashes shook Kasganj district on Republic day.

On Sunday morning, two roadside shops were set on fire at Bakner village in Naidraigate area, and a glass emporium was burnt down by mobs on Amapur road near Awas Vikas colony. The attacked areas are situated on the outskirts of the district.

According to TOI, Director General of police O P Singh said, “The situation is under control and drones are being used to keep a tab on miscreants.”

Local intelligence officers confirmed to TOI that a crude bomb, a country-made pistol, and cartridges were seized from men who had earlier been arrested and booked for violence on Friday, in which a youth was killed.

According to India Today, the government has decided to give Rs. 20 lakhs to the family of the victim as compensation.

 

Meanwhile, the parents of Chandan Gupta, who was killed in the violence on Friday, said they wanted to meet CM Yogi Adityanath and demanded that Chandan be declared a martyr.

“We want a fair investigation and the arrest of his murderers,” said Sunil Gupta, Chandan’s father.

Kasganj’s Superintendent of Police (SP), Sunil Kumar Singh, has been transferred following communal clashes in the district. While Piyush Srivastava will take over as the new SP of Kasganj Singh has been transferred to Meerut.

On Saturday, following the riots that erupted in the vicinity, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan blamed BJP for the riots.

Scroll.in reported that violence broke out in the Uttar Pradesh town on January 26 when a group of bike-borne men, believed to be associated with Hindutva groups, disrupted a Republic Day programme in a Muslim-dominated colony. They came waving saffron flags and the Indian tricolor and got involved in heated arguments with the residents of the colony.

The first incident of gunfire exchange took place later on Friday in another locality, which led to the death of one person, identified as Chandan Gupta alias Abhishek. Sporadic instances of arson and rioting continued in the town over the next two days. The situation was relatively stable on Sunday.