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Days after clashes, life in Kasganj returns to normal

Six days after communal clashes, life in Kasganj returned to normal as markets reopened amid tight security

india Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bareilly
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More than 80 persons were arrested while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel intensified vigil in Kasganj on Sunday. (PTI File Photo)

Six days after communal clashes, life in Kasganj returned to normal as markets reopened amid tight security and people returned to their jobs on Thursday.

“The situation in the district is completely under control. But we are not reducing deployment of security personnel,” said additional director general (ADG) Agra, Ajay Anand who is handling the operations in the district since the violence.

Communal clashes broke out in Kasganj on Republic Day following a skirmish during Tiranga Yatra in Baddu Nagar. Abhishek Gupta, 23, was killed in the aftermath and miscreants torched many properties forcing the district administration to impose prohibitory orders in the district.

Saleem Javed, the prime accused in the killing of Akhilesh Gupta alias Chandan, was arrested on Wednesday. He was presented before court on Thursday and sent to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, the police headquarters in Lucknow said combing operations had been intensified to nab Naseem and Waseem, the brothers of Saleem.

So far, police registered eight FIRs and arrested 123 people in cases related to the communal clashes. “Of those arrested, 42 are accused under serious charges, the remaining 81 are arrested under prohibitory sections,” said the officer. The investigation of the incident was handed over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by SP (crime) OP Singh. “We are reviewing preliminary circumstantial evidence related to the incident submitted by local police,” said Singh.

On other hand, the police continued raids across the district to arrest suspects. Rumours of Muslim exodus were also reported from Kasganj in wake of tension. But district magistrate RP Singh refuted this, saying: “No such incident has been reported from any part of the district. The administration is trying to ensure peace for everyone by peace committee meetings.”

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 23:03 IST