Shops, bus torched on second day of Kasganj violence

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jan 2018 08:14:49


 

KASGANJ,

A young boy was killed in clashes following pelting of stones on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Republic Day


MISCREANTS damaged at least three shops and torched a few other commercial establishments on the second day of violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj city on Saturday, police said, after a young boy was killed in clashes following pelting of stones on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Republic Day.


A bus was also set on fire in the latest flare-up in the city, where a curfew was imposed on Friday after the clashes. A State Government spokesperson said prohibitory orders still remain in effect in the city in western Uttar Pradesh, but did not specify whether the curfew had been lifted. Fire brigade personnel were deployed to douse the fires.


A strong posse of RAF and PAC personnel have intensified vigil in the district, whose borders have been sealed to stop elements detrimental to peace from sneaking into the city.
The fresh violence happened a day after a 16-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured in clashes in the city. The clashes on Friday happened after stones were reportedly pelted on the motorcycle rally taken out by VHP and ABPV volunteers as part of celebrations on the 69th Republic Day. The UP police said in a tweet on Saturday that they have arrested at least nine people in connection with the violence.

“Anti-social elements today
tried to set on fire a small shop on the city’s outskirts... Some of the anti-social elements have been taken into custody, while others were chased away,” Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.


“Our main job at this point of time is to ensure that along with normal law and order situation, brotherhood among communities also remain intact,” Kumar told reporters. He added the police was trying to make people “understand communal bonhomie”. “The situation is under control, and will remain so. Sufficient police personnel have been deployed.”