De­cod­ing Kas­ganj from ground zero

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTNATION -

rai gate and moved to­wards Bil­ram gate

“If they were tak­ing out Ti­ranga Ya­tra, they should have taken the main road. What was the pur­pose of en­ter­ing the nar­row lanes of Baddu Na­gar?” asked a Mus­lim res­i­dent.

Fol­low­ing the clashes at Baddu Na­gar, the group aban­doned their mo­tor­cy­cles and fled to­wards Kot­wali where they al­legedly dam­aged some shops.

AC­TION AF­TER GOV­ER­NOR’S RAP

Three days af­ter the in­ci­dent, the state govern­ment trans­ferred district po­lice chief Singh even as the di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) OP Singh shot off di­rec­tives ask­ing the po­lice to deal firmly with trou­ble­mak­ers.

The po­lice ac­tion came only af­ter UP gov­er­nor Ram Naik de­scribed the Kas­ganj clashes as a ‘kalank’ (blot) on the state and asked the state govern­ment to en­sure there was no re­cur­rence.

The state govern­ment also con­sti­tuted a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) under the As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (crime) Etah to probe the vi­o­lence. The po­lice ar­rested 125 per­sons af­ter vi­o­lence, a home depart­ment of­fi­cer said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

He added that the SIT would probe the fail­ure of the district ad­min­is­tra­tion to check com­mu­nal vi­o­lence and also iden­tify the peo­ple in­volved for the clashes.

DGP Singh said no per­mis­sion was re­quired for the ‘Ti­ranga Ya­tra’ “Re­pub­lic Day is a na­tional festival and no per­mis­sion is re­quired”

Ac­cord­ing to him: “Some an­ti­so­cial el­e­ments started pelt­ing stones which re­sulted in the death of a man and in­jury to an­other. Po­lice im­me­di­ately reached the spot and con­trolled the sit­u­a­tion.”

In­ter­est­ingly, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors are yet to de­ter­mine the or­gan­i­sa­tion that took out Ti­ranga Ya­tra in Baddu Na­gar.

“It ap­pears to be a mixed group of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions,” said the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Ali­garh, San­jeev Gupta.

Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath an­nounced a com­pen­sa­tion of ₹20 lakh to the fam­ily of Chan­dan who was shot dead in the com­mu­nal vi­o­lence.

Chan­dan’s fa­ther Sushil Gupta, 51, de­manded that his son be de­clared a mar­tyr. “Some peo­ple have sug­gested that a cross­ing should be named af­ter him in Kas­ganj. I am not averse to the idea,” he said.

PTI PHOTO

Rel­a­tives of Chan­dan Gupta and local res­i­dents hold a dharna in vi­o­lence­hit Kas­ganj on Tues­day. Gupta was shot dead in the com­mu­nal vi­o­lence.

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