Kasganj violence : Police arrests the main accused Saleem

Kasganj violence Cong demands impartial probe by sitting HC judge

“I am little scared but I will go to my shop. My boss is a Hindu and I do not know how he will behave with me now”

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday arrested Saleem, the main accused in the murder case of 22-year-old Chandan Gupta, whose death on January 26 sparked communal clashes in Kasganj city.

Salim's brothers, Wasim and Nasim, have also been named as the main accused in the killing of Chandan Gupta.

As many as 112 people were arrested and security forces personnel intensified vigil in the strife-torn Kasganj in western UP.

He added that whatever had happened in Kasganj was "not a communal riot" but a "clash between two groups".

The state government said it is probing whether the violence was pre-planned. Why did police and administration fail to stop it? The Congress delegation, to be led by former MLA Vivek Bansal, could not reach Kasganj as he was detained at his residence in Aligarh this morning. The news had gone viral on social media, fueling anger among the people of the violence-hit district.

"After the stone pelting, a shot was sacked from somewhere which hit Chandan Gupta", the report accessed by The Hindu said.

Meanwhile, the situation in Kasganj is fast returning to normalcy with no untoward incident reported in the past 24-hours, a home department official told IANS.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sadar, Devendra Pratap Singh informed that so far 38 persons arrested for violating prohibitory orders have been granted bail. "They asked me whether it was a crime to take out a Tiranga yatra and asked whether they should hoist the tricolour in Pakistan, since it was a problem in India", he alleged. The clashes started after an argument between two groups when the "Tiranga Yatra" was passing through a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that his government was committed to providing security to each and every citizen.

Soon after the violence, the state government had shunted out Kasganj SP Sunil Kumar Singh and asked him to join police training school (PTS) in Meerut. A police source said that "there were over 50 youths and one of them had the Indian flag".

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