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Communal Clash Hits Kasganj, One Dead Three Injured

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| January 27 , 2018 , 17:43 IST

Curfew was imposed in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh after one person was dead and three injured in a communal clash on Friday noon. Several vehicles were damaged, property and shops were vandalized in the clash.

According to eyewitnesses, a group of youth took out Republic Day rally in the Kotwali area of Kasganj during which a clash broke between two communities leading to firing and stone pelting.

The group of bikers who took the flag rally allegedly raised slogans targeting a community, leading to further provocations and firing, stated by locals.

As per the police reports, the situation got more tense when a group of people tried to set on fire a local mosque following the death of an ABVP worker.

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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”.

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 added.

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Station House Officer Kasganj, Repudaman Singh, said the clash occurred after a group in Badu Nagar objected to certain slogans raised by some participants of the "Tiranga Yatra", which had started from the Bilram Gate area.

Police reports identified, The deceased as Chandan Gupta, a 23-year-old resident of the city.

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.

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BJP’s Kasganj district chief, Purendra Pratap Singh Solanki denied allegations that his party was involved in the clash. He claimed "The victim, Chandan Gupta, did not belong to the BJP or any of its affiliated organizations. The Tiranga Yatra was taken out by local residents."

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.

Taking a tough stance on the situation the Chief Minister office sent commissioner of Aligarh Subhash Chandra Sharma, IG Aligarh Sanjeev Gupta to take a stoke of the situation.

Fresh incidences were reported on Saturday but as per the Kasganj police reports the situation in under control.