Kasganj, January 27: On Saturday afternoon fresh violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj district after the cremation of a young man killed on Friday. One group went ahead and burnt down few shops in the town’s main market, others vandalised shops at an intersection a short distance away and burnt down two buses. Also Read - UP Shocker: 13-year-old Boy Sexually Assaulted by 2 Minors in Aligarh, Given Rs 20 to Stay Mum
A 22-year-old man, Chandan Gupta, died in clashes in Kasganj, that broke out during a “Tiranga bike rally” by students’ group backed by ABVP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Also Read - UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021: Last Few Days Left to Raise Objection, Final Reservation List of Seats to be Released on THIS Date
Another person who was injured in the clashes was identified as Naushad, who is admitted to a hospital after facing bullet injuries. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth had ordered the police to take stern steps and also condoled the loss of life. Also Read - Aatma Nirbhar: Viral Video Shows 98-Year-Old Selling Chana, Says 'Don't Want to Be A Burden on Kids'
“Forty-nine people have been arrested in connection with #Kasganj clash. Section 144 is still imposed. Borders have been sealed,” RP Singh, Kasganj District Magistrate said to news agency ANI. A special probe team has been formed to identify and catch other suspects, police said.
On social media a short video clip of yesterday’s bike rally has emerged which shows hundreds of young men, many of them holding the National Flag and saffron flag, standing on the streets in one of the streets of the town. This is where they had been reportedly told by local’s from another community to take a different route.
In the video, some voices can also be heard in the background saying that they would not change their route. Another person in the video raises the slogan, “Agar desh main rehnaa hogaa to Vande Mataram kehnaa hogaa (Everyone have to say Vande Mataram if they want to stay in India).
The violence started after a group of people threw stones on bikers which ended with a death of one person. Several gunshots were fired in just 30 minutes. In between, motorcycles were also set on fire, stones were thrown at passing vehicles and a place of worship set on fire.
Today’s vandalism is seen as a revenge for Chandan Gupta’s death. Images of youth holding bricks in hand has gone viral on social media. On the other side, police officials claim that the situation has been brought under control.