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July 20 2018, 06:54 | Irvin Gilbert
Fire brigade personnel try to douse a blaze at a shoe shop in Baradwari area of Kasganj on Saturday
At least three shops, two buses and a auto were torched after a youth, Chandan Gupta, was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally which was taken out to celebrate Republic Day. Piyush Srivastava was appointed as the new Kasganj SP, they added.
The communal violence took place on Friday last when a "Tiranga Yatra" in the form of a bike rally was taken out by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and some other Hindu organisations in the town. "We will also identify the people who had tried to instigate rumours through social media", he said.Around 150 people have been arrested so far and police has registered five FIRs for the violence. Soon there was firing from the locality in which two persons received gunshot wounds and one succumbed in the hospital later.
49 people have been arrested for the fresh violence that erupted on Saturday after the cremation of the young man, who died during the clashes on Friday.
Not only Naik, Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu also advised Yogi to make law and order the "top-most priority".
Internet services remained suspended on Sunday in the area that first witnessed the violence on Republic Day when a few people riding motorcycles and carrying the tricolour were pelted with stones. People put forward their points of view and concerns about the prevailing situation and the administration assured all possible help, Divisional Commissioner, Aligarh, Subhash Chandra Sharma said. We want the accused to be booked. Chandan's father has accepted the cheque from the District Magistrate.
The district administration has also imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the trouble-hit area, DM R P Singh said. The Uttar Pradesh police have deployed drone cameras for aerial surveillance in the area as well.
Meanwhile, the victim's family was demanding the status of a martyr for the deceased.
The Congress on Sunday demanded an independent judicial investigation by a High Court judge into the Kasganj violence. "There should be a high-level probe by a sitting high court judge in this matter", Tiwari said.