Kasganj Clashes: No Need Of NIA Probe, Says Allahabad HC

| February 1 , 2018 , 14:05 IST

Allahabad High Court on Thursday declined a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the recent communal violence at Kasganj. The court also refused to give 50 lakh as compensation to the family of deceased and to give him a title of Martyr.

The bench of justices Vikram Nath and Abdul Moin were responding to a PIL filed by Dileep Kumar Srivastava and others in the matter.

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Advocate Hari Shanker Jain, presenting the petitioners, questioned the alleged double standards in granting compensation to riot victims of different communities.

Opposing the PIL, state lawyer said that the Uttar Pradesh government had already granted compensation to the deceased and that the state police was conducting investigation into the incidents and as such there was no need of probe by the NIA

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The communal clash happened on January 26, when a group of people who were conducting a Republic day motorcycle rally chanting 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' reached a minority-dominated community of Baddunagar where stone pelting and open firing occurred. In the firing, Chandan Gupta died of a gunshot. At least 3 shops, 2 buses and a car were also set ablaze.

Earlier, 112 people were arrested by the police in connection with the community clashes.