Following communal violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj that claimed one life last week, state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sent out a stern warning to anti-social elements and said those spreading anarchy won’t be spared, reported PTI. “Our government is committed to provide security to each and every citizen. Those spreading anarchy will not be spared. Strict action will be taken against the perpetrators of violence,” PTI quoted Adityanath as saying.
The UP CM’s remarks come a day after Governor Ram Naik described the violence as a “matter of shame” and a “blot” on the state and asked the Adityanath-led government to ensure such incidents do not repeat.
Meanwhile, the Central government on Tuesday sought a report from the state government on the incident.
The Home Ministry asked the UP government to send a comprehensive report about the violence that started last Friday, and the steps taken to restore peace in Kasganj and its adjoining areas. The state government has also been asked to provide details about the steps taken to punish those involved in the violence, the official said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Desh mein kahin bhi aisi koi ghatna hoti hai toh Grih mantralaya report maangta hai (Whenever this kind of incident happens in our country, the Home Ministry asks for the report).”
Hoping for strict action to be taken against the involved persons, Naik had said, “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.”
The state government had transferred Kasganj SP Sunil Kumar Singh to the police training school in Meerut within hours of the Governor’s remarks in Lucknow.
At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after a youth was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day.
Reacting to the incident, Union minister Giriraj Singh had claimed that media would have chosen a “different” line if the killed youth was from the minority community. Another BJP hardliner Vinay Katiyar, known for his controversial utterances, also waded in the row saying there were some “miscreants who support Pakistan” who could go to any extent to defy the tricolour.
Singh said he felt the Kasganj incident was “pre-planned” adding that the Adityanath government would not spare anyone involved.
Police have so far arrested 31 people and detained 82 others during the course of investigations.
Even as life limped back to normal in strife-torn Kasganj, some miscreants tried to create trouble today by damaging a dome-like structure on the wall of an Eidgah, located in Amanpur, 25 km from the district headquarters, officials said. The police and administration controlled the situation
immediately, District Magistrate RP Singh told PTI.