UP government says checking if Kasganj violence was pre-planned

The Uttar Pradesh government in its report to the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday said it was in the process of ascertaining if the violence and arson were pre-planned in Kasganj where communal riots broke out after a youth was killed on Republic Day.

In the report, the Uttar Pradesh Police said it “swung into action after the violence was reported and brought it under control quickly”, according to Home Ministry officials.

It mentioned about the arrests made by the police and the circumstances leading to the death of 22-year-old Chandan Gupta.

The Uttar Pradesh government’s move comes a day after the Home Ministry sought a detailed report on the incident and the current situation in the state, including on measures taken to ensure peace in the district.

Meanwhile, Inspector General (Aligarh range) Sanjeev Gupta said the Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested the main accused in the Kasganj arson. He was identified as Salim.

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