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No nod to Tiranga yatra on Independence Day in UP’s Kasganj

Kasganj witnessed violent clashes in January this year after a youth participating in a Tiranga yatra was killed on Republic Day.

lucknow Updated: Aug 12, 2018 23:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Kasganj (Uttar Pradesh)
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Kasganj witnessed violence in January after a Tiranga yatra on Republic Day came under attack as it was passing through a Muslim area.(PTI)

After an altercation during a Tiranga yatra on Republic Day claimed a life and led to violence in Kasganj, officials with the district administration said they have denied permission for any such procession on Independence Day.

Besides, two companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) are set to be deployed in the area to help maintain law and order, and 150 suspected “troublemakers” have been bound under Section 116 (3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), officials added.

Section 144 of CrPC — the power to issue order in urgent cases of nuisance of apprehended danger — has also been imposed in Kasganj.

An official said various organisations had sought permission to organise Tiranga yatras on August 15, claiming it was a tradition. However, district magistrate RP Singh told Hindustan Times on Sunday, “We have not granted any permission for taking out Tiranga yatras, or any such rallies, in the district this Independence Day.”

“We are not taking any chances. Vigil will be enhanced in the district on Independence Day. Two companies of PAC have been called and Section 144 of CrPC is being invoked...,” he added.

Singh said, “We already have various programmes being organised at schools and colleges, besides the one that will be held at the collectorate. Those intending to celebrate Independence Day are welcome to join us.”

“We have bound 150 people, asking them to execute a bond for keeping peace and maintaining good behaviour,” he added.

Kasganj witnessed violent clashes in January this year after a youth participating in a Tiranga yatra was killed on Republic Day.

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 23:49 IST