UP govt shunts out Kasganj SP Sunil Kumar Singh following communal violence

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UP govt shunts out Kasganj SP Sunil Kumar Singh following communal violence

The report sent by the Uttar Pradesh government to the Centre on the Kasganj communal violence, states that 22-year-old Chandan Gupta was killed when "a bullet was sacked from somewhere" after a scuffle broke out in an area which has a "mixed population".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family of Chandan Gupta.

In its report to the Centre, sources said, the Yogi Adityanath government gave details of the circumstances that led to Chandan's murder and steps taken to control violence and arrests. They demanded Chandan Gupta be declared a martyr and the guilty party are arrested. The development came on a day the UP government submitted a report on the incidents in Kasganj to the Union home ministry, conveying that the police were probing the violence and also whether it was preplanned.

Authorities also stopped a Congress delegation in Mirhachi area in Etah near the Kasganj border. Over 150 arrests have been made in connection with the Kasganj violence, the officials said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh alleged that the Kasganj incident was not a communal violence but a political conspiracy.

One person was killed and some others were injured in communal clashes during Republic Day celebrations last Friday. The clashes started after an argument between two groups when the "Tiranga Yatra" was passing through a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood. Rallies were attempted in Aligarh, Agra and Firozabad, districts close to Kasganj, as well as Bareilly and Kanpur.

The delegation was denied permission by the Kasganj District Magistrate RK Singh citing law and order problem.

In a related development, a young man rumoured to have been killed in the communal clashes surfaced on Tuesday and trashed reports of his death. Singh was sent to Police Training School, Meerut, in the same rank, they said.

Besides police, units of the anti-riot Rapid Action Force have been deployed in sensitive locations in the district to check untoward incidents, a senior Home Ministry official said.

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