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Kasganj riot: Drones used, Yogi announces ex-gratia & top 10 developments

On Sunday evening, the UP Police said the situation was headed towards normalcy

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A bus set on fire by a group of people who went on a rampage after the cremation of a young man killed on Friday during the Tiranga bike rally, in Kasganj on Saturday. Photo: PTI

As many as 112 people were arrested and security forces personnel intensified their vigil in strife-torn in Uttar Pradesh where the situation remained tense but peaceful on Sunday, two days after clashes between two communities claimed one life. Here are the top 10 developments: 1) Yogi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 million: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Sunday granted an ex-gratia of Rs 2 million (20 lakh) to the bereaved parents of Chandan Abhishek, who lost his life in the clash, said Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar. The amount would be disbursed to the family on Monday in 2) Thirty-two charged with murder: Thirty-two people have been sent to jail on charges of murder and 51 others have been detained by police on Sunday, in connection with the violence that erupted in "32 people have been sent to jail so far under charges of murder. Besides them 51 people have been detained", said Sanjeev Kumar, Inspector General to media. 3) Situation headed towards normalcy: On Sunday evening, the said the situation was headed towards normalcy. They also said three drone cameras had been deployed for aerial surveillance. Explosives were found during house-to-house searches following which the state police chief said the stringent Security Act (NSA) would be invoked against the culprits. The Yogi Adityanath-led government, meanwhile, stressed that the guilty would not be spared. 4) arrest 112 persons: An official statement issued by the said, "So far, 112 persons have been arrested. As many as 31 accused have been arrested, and 81 preventive arrests have been made." It said five cases have been registered so far, of which, three were registered by station in-charge of Kotwali. Cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, CLA (Criminal Law Amendment) Act and for violation of the Flag Act, the statement said. 5) Three drone cameras deployed: The state police has also turned to technology to monitor the situation. "The situation is heading towards normalcy, and markets have opened. Three drone cameras have been deployed for aerial surveillance of the entire city as most of the incidents took place in the peripheral areas," Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told PTI. "The IG, Aligarh, has ordered the setting up of a special investigation team which will go through all evidence and objectively probe the case," the ADG (L&O) said. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar also said that normalcy was being restored in the city. At least three shops, two private buses, and a car were torched here on Saturday after a young boy was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Republic Day. 6) Intensive checking and house-to-house searches: In Lucknow, DGP OP Singh said, "We are speaking to people, the guilty are being arrested, intensive checking and house-to-house searches were undertaken. And this is the reason why the situation is absolutely under control." Referring to the incidents that led to the violence, he said there was stone-pelting between two groups resulting in the death of one person and injury to another. "The police acted swiftly and controlled the situation, and we have intensified patrolling since the outbreak of the tension," the DGP said. Asked whether any permission was taken for a 'Tiranga Yatra', the DGP said no such nod was required. "January 26 is a event, and no permission is needed. This was a 'prabhat pheri' (morning event)... Some anti-social elements started pelting stones. Police immediately reached the spot and controlled the situation by arresting a few people.

Since then, we are keeping a close watch. Today, there was no worrisome incident," he said. The DGP said stringent action would be taken against the guilty. "So far, more than 80 people have been arrested. House-to-house searches are going on. During the searches, explosives were found. The Security Act (NSA) will be slapped on criminals for vitiating the atmosphere," he said earlier in the day. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) intensified vigil in the city. 7) District peace committee meeting called: The administration also organised a meeting of the district peace committee at the nagar panchayat office on Sunday morning to restore normalcy. "At the meeting of the peace committee, whose members include prominent citizens of the district, it was decided that shopkeepers will open their shops and commercial establishments," ADG Agra, Ajay Anand, said. Divisional Commissioner, Aligarh, Subhash Chandra Sharma, said shops selling tea, snacks, vegetables, milk, and medicine were already allowed to remain open. "The administration is acting tough on those who had indulged in the violence, based on the video evidence," Sharma said. 8) 'No guilty person will be spared': Terming the violence as unfortunate, Dinesh Sharma told reporters in Kanpur that not even a single guilty person would be spared. "Chief Minister is himself monitoring the developments and stringent punishment will be meted out to the guilty, no matter how big he is or how strong his political connections are," Sharma said. He said a criminal was a criminal irrespective of his caste, creed or religion. Such incidents will not be allowed to happen in any other place, he stressed. "Now, we have strong laws. It is a warning to criminals that if they conspire to create riots, rifts in the society, or indulge in dacoity, then all those indulge in these acts will be punished and also their conspirators," he said. 9) Mayawati says jungle raj prevailing in state: Meanwhile, the opposition BSP and SP targeted the state government on the law and order front. In a statement, BSP chief Mayawati claimed that in the entire country and especially in BJP-ruled UP, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, development and public welfare activities had taken a backseat while a poor law and order situation prevailed. She alleged that there had been criminalisation of the ruling BJP at every level. "In UP, there's no rule of Constitution, but a jungle raj-like atmosphere is prevailing. The latest example is that of Tension is still prevailing and the state government seems to be failing here," Mayawati said. She said the BSP condemned the violence and demanded stringent punishment for the guilty. 10) SP accuses govt of staging riots: Samajwadi Party spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan alleged, "The government is staging riots in We do not want the resignation of the chief minister. We simply want peace and normalcy to return to the place which is synonymous with the Ganga-Jamuni culture of the state." He alleged that for the past three days, volunteers of the RSS, the Vishva Hindu Parishad, and the ABVP were threatening people and an atmosphere of fear prevailed. "The government is quiet. The police is helpless," he claimed.

First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 07:51 IST