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Kasganj aftermath: Tiranga Yatra will not create any tension, says UP deputy chief minister

Statement by deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya comes on a day when the UP police stopped similar marches attempted by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Firozabad, Mathura and Mainpuri

noida Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:44 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya inaugurated and laid foundation stones of various PWD road projects.(Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday denied that a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ (tricolour rally) would create any tension, but he added that there will be no compromise on the law and order situation, especially after the recent violence in Kasganj. His statement came on a day when the UP police stopped similar marches attempted by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Firozabad, Mathura and Mainpuri.

Maurya was in Ghaziabad to inaugurate and lay foundation stone for different road project works of the public works department (PWD).

His statement came in response to a question by Hindustan Times on whether the administration would try to stop the tricolour rally by VHP or any other organisation in the wake of violence in Kasganj. He interacted with mediapersons on the sidelines of the inauguration on Wednesday.

“There will be no compromise on law and order. The Tiranga Yatra is for the national flag and, if taken out, the rally is not going to create any tension. The police are searching for the killers of Chandan and they will be given the strictest possible punishment as per the law. The state government has made it very clear that no criminal will be spared,” Maurya said.

Though Maurya said that no such rally would create tension, the police, on Wednesday, stopped the VHP from taking out a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Firozabad. In Mathura and Mainpuri areas as well, the police said the rally would not be allowed.

The police denied permission to the VHP, which planned to hold such rallies across the state, on Wednesday after a 23-year-old man died last week in communal clashes in Kasganj.

On January 26, volunteers of various right-wing organisations had taken out the rallies with the national flag in Kasganj. After passing through the Kotwali area, they rallied through a small locality where residents of a particular community objected to their sloganeering. This resulted in a heated exchange of words, leading to firing in which Chandan Gupta died.

Commenting on a social media comment by the Bareilly district magistrate, Maurya said that the government will not tolerate such statements.

In the aftermath of the Kasganj incident, Bareilly DM Raghvendra Vikram Singh had posted on his Facebook wall that a very strange “trend” has started of late to take out processions by force through “Muslim-dominated localities, raise anti-Pakistan slogans and then create ruckus”. This post, now deleted, further questioned whether those organising the rallies were Pakistanis? He had also mentioned a similar incident in Khailam village of Bareilly.

“The officers should act as per their responsibilities; it has been made clear. The government will not tolerate the statements made by the Bareilly district magistrate,” Maurya said.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:44 IST