Lucknow, Jan 31: Uttar Pradesh police, in its three FIRs in connection with communal clashes in Kasganj, said members of both Hindu and Muslim communities pelted stones on each other, fired shots and tried to kill policemen who intervened. A total five FIRs have been filed in connection with the communal clashes in Kasganj on January 26. One of the FIRs names one Nasruddin, who was bearing arms and fired on people with an intent to kill. Also Read - India's Covid Vaccine Latest News: Phase-3 Trial of Covaxin to Begin in UP's Lucknow, Gorakhpur From October
“Members of one community accused the other community of obstructing their tricolour rally. Police tried all means to quell the commotion but nobody was in a state to listen. Firing and stone pelting started from the by lanes. Members of both communities started pelting stones on us and fired at us with an intent to kill,” said a local SHO in his FIR, reported News18. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: International Flights to Start From Kushinagar Airport by Diwali, Announces CM Yogi
The FIR further states that members of one community attacked places of worship of the other community to fuel communal tension in Kasganj. Two mosques were reportedly set on fire in the clashes after an unauthorised bike rally was taken out by RSS-affiliated students’ group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the city to commemorate the Republic Day. Also Read - Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Meets Bollywood Personalities Over Film City in Uttar Pradesh's Noida
An FIR filed by the father of 22-year-old Chandan, who was killed in the violence, alleged that his son was stopped by some Muslims when he was carrying out his tricolour march. The FIR states that the attack was pre-planned claimed that Muslims shouted “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans. When Chandan objected, they killed him, his father alleged in the FIR.
An FIR filed by Nisar, whose son Nasir suffered a gun-shot injury on his thigh during clashes, says that somebody from the mob shot at the boy. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the violence. A magisterial inquiry has also been ordered.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in an oblique reference to the Kasganj violence, on Tuesday said that lumpen elements and lawlessness will not be tolerated in the state. “My government will make lives of such people who disrupt peace miserable,” he told a gathering at an event in Gorakhpur.