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Avoid rumour-mongering to maintain peace, says Rahul Upadhyay whose death reports sparked clashes in Kasganj

india Updated: Jan 30, 2018 23:20 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Kasganj violence,Kasganj,Kasganj clashes

More than 80 people were arrested as Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel intensified vigil in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.(PTI File Photo)

Rahul Upadhyay, 24, a resident of Nagla Kanji village of Aligarh, rumoured to have been killed in communal clashes in Kasganj on Republic Day, surfaced on Tuesday and trashed reports of his death.

Rumours claimed that Upadhyay also died with Abhishek Gupta alias Chandan, 23, during the clashes. Considering the sensitivity of the report, police swung into action to deny the rumours.

Talking to Chandan Kumar, Upadhayay said rumour-mongering should be avoided to maintain peace and communal harmony. Excerpts:

How did you come to know about the rumour of your death?

One of my friends in Aligarh called me and informed me about the rumour. I received calls from many friends and relatives. My family members also received such calls.

What was your reaction?

Initially, I thought it was a joke but I got alarmed when I received a number of phone calls. I approached Aligarh police and informed them about the rumours.

What action did the police take?

Inspector general, Aligarh, Sanjeev Gupta asked me to help the police in trashing the rumours. I was taken to Kasganj where I interacted with the media. On the advice of police officials, I am answering all phone calls to inform people that I am alive.

Do you know any of the four people arrested by the police for spreading the rumour?

I don’t know them. It was wrong on their part to do such a thing. Such rumours could have worsened the situation. It was an attempt to add fuel to the fire.

How did your family react?

My family was disturbed after the incident. My wife is still in shock.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 23:20 IST