Kasganj (UP): As many as 112 people were arrested and security forces personnel intensified vigil in the strife-torn Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh where the situation remained tense but peaceful today, two days after clashes between two communities claimed one life.
In the evening, the UP Police said the situation was headed towards normalcy. They also said three drone cameras had been deployed for aerial surveillance.
Explosives were found during house-to-house searches following which the State police chief said the stringent National Security Act (NSA) would be invoked against the culprits.
The Yogi Adityanath-led government, meanwhile, stressed that the guilty would not be spared.
An official statement issued by the UP Police said, “So far, 112 persons have been arrested. As many as 31 accused have been arrested, and 81 preventive arrests have been made.”
It said five cases have been registered so far, of which, three were registered by station in-charge of Kasganj Kotwali.
Cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, CLA (Criminal Law Amendment) Act and for violation of the National Flag Act, the statement said.
“The situation is heading towards normalcy, and markets have opened. Three drone cameras have been deployed for aerial surveillance of the entire city as most of the incidents took place in the peripheral areas,” Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.
“The IG, Aligarh has ordered the setting up of a special investigation team which will go through all evidence and objectively probe the case,” the ADG (L&O) said.
Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar also said that normalcy was being restored in the city.
At least three shops, two private buses, and a car were torched here yesterday after a young boy was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally was taken out to celebrate the Republic Day.
In Lucknow, DGP OP Singh said, “We are speaking to people, the guilty are being arrested, intensive checking and house-to-house searches were undertaken. And this is the reason why the situation is absolutely under control.”
Referring to the incidents that led to the violence, he said there was stone-pelting between two groups resulting in the death of one person and injury to another.
Asked whether any permission was taken for a ‘Tiranga Yatra’, the DGP said no such nod was required.
The DGP said stringent action would be taken against the guilty.
The Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) intensified vigil in the city.
The administration also organised a meeting of the district peace committee at the nagar panchayat office this morning to restore normalcy.
“At the meeting of the peace committee, whose members include prominent citizens of the district, it was decided that shopkeepers will open their shops and commercial establishments,” ADG Agra, Ajay Anand, said.
Terming the violence as unfortunate, Dinesh Sharma told reporters in Kanpur that not even a single guilty person would be spared.
“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is himself monitoring the developments and stringent punishment will be meted out to the guilty, no matter how big he is or how strong his political connections are, Dinesh Sharma said.
He said a criminal was a criminal irrespective of his caste, creed or religion. Such incidents will not be allowed to happen in any other place, he stressed.
Meanwhile, the opposition BSP and SP targeted the State government on the law and order front.
In a statement, BSP chief Mayawati alleged that there had been criminalisation of the ruling BJP at every level.
“In UP, there’s no rule of Constitution, but a jungle raj-like atmosphere is prevailing. The latest example is that of Kasganj. Tension is still prevailing and the state government seems to be failing here,” Mayawati said.