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Now Amethi erupts, Kasganj still restless

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Now Amethi erupts, Kasganj still restless

While the Uttar Pradesh Police was struggling to defuse the communal strife in Kasganj, communal tension flared up in Amethi after a gang war in which a criminal was killed. The State administration has its hand full as Kasganj is  still tense, and the Union Government has sought a detailed report on communal clashes in the State from the UP Government.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday broke his silence after communal clashes erupted in the Kasganj area. He warned of strict action against the perpetrators of violence and said those indulging in anarchy will not be spared. His remarks came after the violence in Kasganj where clashes broke out last Friday in which one person — Chandan Gupta — was killed and two others were injured.

“Our Government is committed to providing security to every citizen. Those indulging in anarchy will not be spared,” he told mediapersons.

The Chief Minister warned that strict action will be taken against the perpetrators of violence and no guilty party will be allowed to go scot free.

The Amethi incident took place a day after UP Governor Ram Naik left the State Government red-faced by saying that the Kasganj communal riot was a “matter of shame and a blot on the State”.

After the Governor, Bareilly District Magistrate Raghvendra Vikram Singh too embarrassed the State Government by posting on Facebook that “it had become a trend for people to forcefully enter Muslim-dominated areas, raise anti-Pakistan slogans and then create ruckus”.

Following the displeasure expressed by the State Government, the District Magistrate not only deleted his post, but also apologised while seeking to explain his stand maintaining that his view had been misconstrued.

In Amethi, one Ashfaq of Baragaon, who had tried to kill local block pramukh Rajesh Vikram Singh two years back, was attacked at Vijaya Bank branch at Jagdeeshpur on Tuesday.  His aides and the assailants exchanged indiscriminate fire, sending panicky locals and commuters to scamper for safe shelter. The firing left Ashfaq dead while several others suffered grievous injuries. The injured were rushed to a Community Health Centre and then to Amethi district hospital.

In protest, the market was shut down and local villagers blocked the national highway and even indulged in brick batting.

Amethi District Magistrate Shakuntala Gautam and SP KK Gahlaut rushed to the spot to control the situation. After defusing the situation, the SP removed Station Officer (SO) of Jagdishpur, JB Pandey and attached him with Reserve Police Lines.

Meanwhile, even after Piyush Srivastava taking over as new Superintendent of Police, situation continued to be tense at Kasganj for the fifth day. The miscreants tried to damage the boundary wall of a religious place in Amanpur area. Senior officials along with RAF personnel rushed to the spot.

On Monday night, a cosmetic shop was torched by miscreants on Maal Godam Road. The mob accused the shop owner of being involved in the violence that left one person dead last Friday. Irate mob also staged a protest before Nadari Gate Police outpost on Tuesday morning. Hundreds of women from both communities alleged police atrocities on youths and claimed that the real culprits were roaming freely. The protesters were also joined by the family of Chandan Gupta who was killed in the violence during Tiranga Yatra on Republic Day.

However, District Magistrate RP Singh claimed that the situation was peaceful and police patrolling was underway in sensitive areas. The State Government has already ordered the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe all five cases registered so far in connection with the violence in Kasganj district. The police have so far arrested 125 persons and some more arrests were said to be on the cards. On Tuesday, the family of deceased Chandan Gupta was handed over a cheque of Rs 20 lakh as compensation by the district authorities. The aggrieved family, however, demanded the status of a martyr to the young victim and a Government job to a kin along with Rs 50 lakh as compensation.



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