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Kasganj violence: One killed, one injured after shots fired during communal clash

Kasganj violence: The violence was contained after a team deployed for Republic Day celebrations at the Reserve Police lines, 16 km away, rushed to the spot. When contacted, BJP’s Kasganj district chief, Purendra Pratap Singh Solanki, denied allegations that his party was involved in the clash.

Written by Abhishek Angad , Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: January 27, 2018 11:06 am
Kasganj violence: One killed, one injured after shots fired during communal clash Police patrol Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj Friday night after the clash. (Express Photo/Praveen Khanna)

A man was killed and another injured Friday in firing between two groups in UP’s Kasganj district during a communal clash over an unauthorised rally to mark Republic Day, officials said. According to police, Chandan Gupta (22) died after being hit on the chest by a bullet and Noushad was admitted to a hospital in neighbouring Aligarh district after being shot in the leg. Both groups hurled stones at each other in Kasganj town before shots were fired, police said.

Rakesh Kumar, Additional District Magistrate, Kasganj, said the “Tiranga Yatra” rally was taken out without permission from the administration. Arvind Kumar, principal secretary (Home), said the situation was under control. “Heavy police force has been deployed to ensure that the violence does not spread to other areas. Police are also conducting raids to trace the accused,” he said.

Ripudaman Singh, Station House Officer, Kasganj, said the clash occurred after a group in Badu Nagar objected to certain slogans raised by motorcycle-borne participants of the “Tiranga Yatra”, which had started from the Bilram Gate area. According to police, another trigger for the clash was an altercation in which a member of one group allegedly slapped a youth of the other.

The violence was contained after a team deployed for Republic Day celebrations at the Reserve Police lines, 16 km away, rushed to the spot. When contacted, BJP’s Kasganj district chief, Purendra Pratap Singh Solanki, denied allegations that his party was involved in the clash. “The victim, Chandan Gupta, did not belong to the BJP or any of its affiliated organisations. The Tiranga Yatra was taken out by local residents,” he claimed.

R P Singh, District Magistrate, Kasganj, said: “Our main priority is to ensure that peace is maintained and that the final rites of the deceased are completed peacefully. We will decide on further action tomorrow after consulting officials.” Mohar Singh Tomar, senior sub-inspector, Kasganj police station, said: “A few people have been detained at the station for questioning. So far, the victim’s family has not filed any complaint.”

Following the clash, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued an appeal through his official Twitter account for “peace and harmony” and directed the administration to “take strict action against miscreants”.

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  1. Sudheer Thaakur
    Jan 29, 2018 at 11:49 pm
    (5) IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS UNFORTUNATE BUT TRUE THAT STRIFE WILL CONTINUE AND EVEN GET ACCENTUATED IN YEARS TO COME. FOR THINGS TO CHANGE MUSLIMS HAVE TO RECOGNISE AND ACCEPT THAT THEY ARE LIVING IN A HINDU NATION AND BEHAVE AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF DENYING MINORITIES EQUAL CITIZENSHIP STATUS AND RIGHTS.IT IS SIMPLY ACCEPTING THAT IN A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING PLURALISTIC SOCIETY MINORITIES MUST MAKE CONCESSIONS TO MAJORITY SENTIMENT AND MAJORITY HAS TO APPEAR ACCOMMODATING OF MINORITY.
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    1. Sudheer Thaakur
      Jan 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm
      (4)INDIAN MUSLIMS OF TODAY HAVE FORGOTTEN THE PERIOD OF ABOUT TWO DECADES FOLLOWING THE INDEPENDENCE AND IMAGINE THEMSELVES TO BE IN A NATION WHERE MAJORITYAND THEIR SENTIMENTS DO NOT MATTER. THEY SEEK CONFRONTATION AND ASSERTION OF SEPARATE IDEN Y AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY INCLUDING REAL AND CONTRIVED. IT SERVED THEM UPTO A POINT IN EARLY 90s WHEN HINDUS BEGAN TO REALISE THE FACT AND IMPLICATIONS OF ALTERED AT UDE AND WORLD VIEW OF MUSLIMS. MUSLIM OF 90s AND THEREAFTER IS DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT FROM HIS ANCESTORS OF 50s AND 60s. LIKEWISE HINDU OF NEW MILLENNIUM IS ALSO DIFFERENT FROM HINDUS TILL EARLY PARTS OF SECOND HALF OF LAST CENTURY.
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      1. Sudheer Thaakur
        Jan 29, 2018 at 11:46 pm
        (3) IN THE NARRATIVE OF EARLY YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE THERE WAS ACCEPTANCE OF HINDU NATION. NO MENTION OF SECULARISM. WHY DID MUSLIM LEADERS NOT INSIST ON SECULARISM BUT INSTEAD SETTLED FOR MINORITY RIGHTS. ASHOKA CHAKRA IN THE FLAG, NATIONAL ANTHEM. VANDE MATRAM AS NATIONAL SONG, EMBLEMS AND NATIONAL ICONS OF ALL INS UTIONS OF THE STATE ADOPTED IN THAT PERIOD ARE ALL DRAWN FROM HINDU CULTURE. THERE WERE NO DISSENTING VOICES. MUSLIM LEADERS OF THAT ERA ACCEPTED THE REALITY. BUT NARRATIVEBEGAN TO CHANGE IN LATE 60S AND ACCELERATED POST 70S FOLLOWING OIL SHOCK AND RISE OF ARAB MUSLIM MONEY POWER. THOUGH ARAB OIL POWER APPEARS TO BE DECLINING BUT THE SEEDS PLANTED THEN ARE STILL IN BLOOM.
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        1. Sudheer Thaakur
          Jan 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm
          (2) UNFORTNATE INCIDENTS LIKE KASGANJ WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN TILL MUSLIMS DO NOT WILLINGLY ACCEPT THAT THEY ARE LIVING AMONGST A HINDU NATION WHICH CHOSETO BE SECULAR TO GIVE MINORITIES EQUAL STATUS, SPACE AND PLACE. IN 1947 MUSLIMS DID NOT DECIDE TO LIVE IN A SECULAR COUNTRY. MUSLIMS CHOSE A MUSLIM PAKISTAN. IT IS HINDUS WHO CHOSE THEIR NATION TO BE SECULAR. STORY OF CONS UENT ASSEMBLY WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF NEHRU, A SELF CONFESSED NOMINAL HINDU. A HINDU ONLY BECAUSE OF ACCIDENT OF HIS BIRTH, WAS NOT THE DOMINANT FORCE THAT HE WAS OR PATEL WAS NOT SO ACCOMODATING AND HONORABLE. CRUEL JOKE OF HISTORY ON INDIAN NATION.
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          1. Sudheer Thaakur
            Jan 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm
            EVERY NATION STATE NO MATTER HOW PLURALISTIC IT MAYBE HAS A DOMINANT NATION WITHIN IT THAT DEFINES IT. UK, USA, GERMANY, FRANCE, USA ARE ALL HELD UP AS MODELS OF PLURALISTIC SECULAR STATES. UK IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY, FRANCE IS FRENCH,GERMANY IS GERMAN BUT HINDUSTAN CAN NOT BE HINDU. PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS DOMINATING THE NARRATIVE AFTER FIRST DECADE OF INDEPENDENCE BELIEVED THAT THERE IS NO LEGITIMACY FOR HINDU NATION WITHIN INDIAN STATE. SECULARISM IS THE RELIGION AND CULTURE OF INDIA WITH PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR MINORITIES ESPECIALLY MUSLIMS. THEY SUPPORT MINORITY – RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN A SECULAR STATE WHERE NO SUCH DISTINCTION CAN BE MADE. FOR A MINORITY TO EXIST FIRST A MAJORITY HAS TO EXIST.
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