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Kasganj violence ‘blot on UP, shameful’, says Governor; SP shunted out

The Yogi Adityanath government, which stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh riding a saffron wave nearly a year ago, was recently advised by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to tone up law and order in the state.

Written by Maulshree Seth , Abhishek Angad , Aniruddha Ghosal | Lucknow / Kasganj | Updated: January 30, 2018 6:41 am
kasganj violence, up communal clash, up police, kasganj police transferred, kasganj sp transferred, republic day clash, ram naik, yopgi adityanath, uttar pradesh, indian express Security forces patrol Kasganj town, Saturday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Leaving the BJP government in UP red-faced, Governor Ram Naik described the communal violence triggered by an unauthorised Republic Day rally in Kasganj as a “matter of shame” and a “blot” on the state.

Within hours of the Governor’s remarks in Lucknow, the state government transferred Kasganj SP Sunil Kumar Singh to the police training school in Meerut. In Kasganj, no further incident of violence was reported. Police have so far arrested 31 people and detained 82 others during the course of investigations.

Speaking to reporters, the Governor said: “Nishchit taur par Kasganj mein jo hua, woh kisi ko shobha dayak nahin… nishchit taur par wahan pe jo ghatnayein hui, Uttar Pradesh ke liye ek kalank ke roop mein hui hain (Certainly, whatever has happened in Kasganj does not show anyone in good light… certainly, the incidents that have happened there, they have become a blot for Uttar Pradesh).”

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Naik said the government is conducting an inquiry into the incident and expressed hope strict action would be taken. “I want the government to investigate the incident in detail… no such incident had taken place in Uttar Pradesh over the last eight-nine months… It’s a matter of shame for all of us that such an incident has occurred,” he said.

“The government has started taking steps (to contain the situation) and I want the government to take enough steps to ensure that such violence is not witnessed anywhere in Uttar Pradesh,” said Naik.

kasganj violence, Uttar Pradesh communal clashes, ram naik, kasganj police transferred, kasganj sp transferred, republic day clash, ram naik The IG said police have detained 82 persons, of whom 49 are in preventive detention, and arrested 31 others. (Express Photo)

Speaking to The Indian Express, IG Aligarh Sanjeev Gupta confirmed that Kasganj SP Singh had been replaced by Piyush Srivastava, who was in charge of the training school. “The transfer was prompted due to the law-and-order situation. The new SP has joined with immediate effect,” said Gupta.

The IG said police have detained 82 persons, of whom 49 are in preventive detention, and arrested 31 others. No arrest has been made in the killing of 22-year-old Abhishek Gupta in the clash on Friday, he said.

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Friday’s clash was followed by a second spate of violence on Saturday during which several shops owned by Muslims were gutted in retaliation to Gupta’s death.

Police have lodged five FIRs so far, including one against four persons for rioting, another based on a complaint from Gupta’s father, and one on a complaint filed by the father of Naushad, who was shot in the leg.

“Search operations are being conducted to find those accused in the murder case and in the case of the riots,” said IG Gupta.

kasganj violence, Uttar Pradesh communal clashes, ram naik, kasganj police transferred, kasganj sp transferred, republic day clash, ram naik Markets remained closed for the fourth day on Monday, January 29, following communal tension in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh. (Express Photo/Praveen Khanna) 

“One double-barrel gun, a single-barrel gun, a pistol, a country-made bomb and cartridges were recovered during raids while investigating allegations against those accused in the murder of Abhishek Gupta. We are awaiting forensic reports from labs in Agra and Lucknow,” said Gupta.

Asked about Gupta’s role, the IG said, “He was definitely not a bystander. But we haven’t been able to find any evidence of overt political affiliation. We are investigating the matter… The main accused in the murder case have been identified as (Kasganj residents) Salim, Wasim, Javed and Rashid.”

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The police has also constituted an SIT, headed by SP (Crime) Etah OP Singh, which is probing CCTV footage from Baddunagar, where the murder took place. “In case there are any lapses by police, we will take necessary action. The SIT is probing to if the police had any indication about the rally, and if there was less deployment,” said Gupta.

He said police are also tracking the PCR calls made on Republic Day the police’s response.

On Sunday night, a house in Nanota Gali in Kasganj, owned by 50-year-old school principal Haseen Baig, caught fire. While the district administration claimed that the fire was due to “a short circuit”, Baig said, “I was not at the house at the time of the incident. But before leaving, I had switched off all electrical connections. I don’t think it was a short circuit and I believe that my house was intentionally targetted.”

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  1. Siddharth Sharma
    Jan 30, 2018 at 5:52 am
    There is no blot. The only blot are the Hindus who told Muslims they will be kicked out if they don't say Jai Hind and disrupt functions of Muslims. Hindus deserve be put down like dogs. They blinded innocent Muslims, they wounded them with bullets. For the swami-wannabes and "Hindutvavadis", attacks on innocent people don't matter. These Bharat Mata ki Jai will be buried in the body of their "Bharat Mata" when Muslims put them down like dogs.
    1. harun hafeez
      Jan 30, 2018 at 5:25 am
      All these statements are a mere hog wash as the Local MLA was caught on camera enjoying a Night of Music with the local MP and party men from Kasganj.Now the man accepted he attended the Music nite but those defending him are more Virulent about the charges of him showing scant regard for the people who voted for him.The nation faces this day as Religion has come to decide who the people vote as this is a reality these guys have nothing to worry.All they need to do is a meeting and say we will lift 100 women for every single of ours,We will rape bodies of dead women to teach them a lesson and the masses will go back saying this man is a real Mard,is this any different to impoverished jokers shouting jehad after a similiar provoking speech by a Mullah.Anyway in times of insanity reason stands no chance.Jai Hind.Now coming to the local Mla and his evening at a music nite ,u will have people saying was he at a MUJRA or wine shop he was attending a social function.When kasganj burnt
      1. Anuradha Kalhan
        Jan 30, 2018 at 2:49 am
        Madness goes on and on ! India has voted for authoritarian communalism which is tending towards fascism, not once but by now many times over from 2002 to now from state to center back to state ! What went wrong here economically, socially and politically to allow this madness? Can we please understand that clearly while we beat our in horror.
        1. Sharam
          Jan 30, 2018 at 1:39 am
          Shame on India. Shame on ruling party. Their agenda is only divide and rule. Communal incidents in UP is hapening on daily basis. PM and all netas are openly supporting the crimes by staying quite. Miscreants are torching the house of innocent lady and Police is saying short circuit. What a joke? Without any evidence Police has given the report. India is Shinning under BJP.
          1. Freaky Jesus
            Jan 30, 2018 at 1:34 am
            A Hindu youth who took out a rally was killed by sunni muslims terrorists, "The main accused terrorists in the murder case have been identified as (Kasganj residents) Salim, Wasim, Javed and Rashid" who probably are illegal Bangladeshi or local sunni muslims funded by terrorism money and you the newspaper Islamic Express and all the comments are blaming Yogiji? WHY? When Hindu youth is killed when he wants to celebrate Republic Day you bring out guns Muslim Sunni? And you now where are you secularists? Christian Rapists? Muslims moderate voices? All of them are hiding? Why not blame this to the sunni muslims who killed a young kid? Shame on you IE. Shame on you all. It is evident that the rapist christian church mafia has joined hands with the terrorist sunni muslims network and funding these activities via media and riots.
            1. Anuradha Kalhan
              Jan 30, 2018 at 2:54 am
              Can we request you and your kinds to please shut up till you have something new to say! You all say the same things over and over and over again. Muslim did this, Hindu did that, secularists are sick, Sonia Gandhi is Italian , Rahul Gandhi is a pappu, Congress is corrupt, communists are anti national, anyone who speaks against bjp is Pakistani. Get a education for Gods sake, understand something before you say something!! The least RSS can do for Hindutava is to train an intelligent right wing.
              1. Siddharth Sharma
                Jan 30, 2018 at 5:46 am
                Your Hindu youth terorist shouted that we Muslim "terrorists" will have to salute your flag and say Jai Hind if we want to live here. Your Hindu peaceful terrorists blinded a man and wounded others and burnt homes of innocents. You people don't deserve to live. Chandan ghis diya. Ab aur gobar khane wale bhi ghise jayenge.
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