Lucknow: One youth has reportedly lost his life in communal violence on Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj district. There is widespread panic across the communally sensitive town following the incident.
District administration has identified the victim as a 16-year-old boy who was reportedly in a communal clash Friday following alleged stone-pelting on VHP and ABVP volunteers who had taken out a motorcycle rally on Republic Day in Kasganj. Reports suggest that at least two other people were injured in the violence that was sparked when the VHP and ABVP members took out a rally.
District Magistrate R P Singh was quoted by the media as saying, “One person died during arson, firing and stone-pelting, while two others sustained injuries on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Chandan (16). Curfew has been imposed in the city”.
Meanwhile police officials suggest that the stone pelting was not planned and was an spontaneous reaction to the rally of the saffron outfits. Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “It seems the (stone pelting) incident was not planned, but a spontaneous one. The District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, and Rapid Action Force and PAC personnel have been sent to the spot.”
“Our priority is to ensure that no one is hurt and no property is damaged further in the affected areas. The trouble makers are being identified and strict action will be taken against them,” Mr. Kumar said.
In a tweet UP chief minister’s office said, “Chief Minister has expressed heartfelt condolence over the death of one youth during the communal clash and has asked the administration to provide every possible help to the victim’s family. He has appealed both the communities to maintain peace, and has also directed the local administration to deal very strictly with the rioters”.