Kasganj killing: Uttar Pradesh police arrest main accused

New Delhi: Five days after sectarian clashes broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj, the state police arrested the main accused behind the killing of Chandan Gupta.

Gupta, one of the men participating in Friday’s rally, died of a gunshot in the ensuing violence.

The state police said that it has arrested Saleem Javaid, who used to run a cloth store in Kasganj. “Saleem fired the shot that killed Chandan Gupta. We are trying to ascertain if he has a previous criminal track record. Investigation is on in the matter,” said a police official, requesting anonymity.

The state government has submitted a status report on the Kasganj violence to the Union home ministry after the latter sought a report on the matter. Union home minister Rajnath Singh is also likely to make a statement in Parliament during the ongoing Lok Sabha session on the Kasganj violence.

Defying the Uttar Pradesh police order against carrying out a rally, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday carried out a Tiranga (Tricolour) rally across Agra, waving saffron flags and chanting anti-Pakistan slogans.

While the VHP claimed that it had carried out the yatra across 20 districts in the state, the state police claimed that it had clamped down on all such rallies planned by the group.

Violence erupted in Kasganj on Friday after a Tiranga bike rally allegedly carried out by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and VHP took a turn for the worse after the two groups clashed with Muslims who live in the area. As violence escalated, a rally participant identified as Gupta was killed in an exchange of fire, police said.

Even as the state police arrested 110 people over the outbreak of violence, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath—speaking to reporters in Lucknow on Tuesday—said “our government is committed to provide security to each and every citizen. Anarchy has no place in the state.”livemint