The violence, which originated near Bilram Gate, hit traffic on the Mathura-Bareilly road too. Half a dozen vehicles and commercial establishments in the city were targeted by the angry mob
Uttar Pradesh: The stormy argument on Facebook led to the communal clashes in Kasaganj, that claimed the life of a 20-year old boy and scores getting injured.
Communally charged argues flowed from both sides on Facebook between Hindu and Muslim individuals in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasaganj. Comments were eventually exchanged, and verbal abuses too, it ended up when a Muslim boy challenged the Hindu boy, daring him to visit his area “Chamunda Gate pe aakar bata” (come to Chamunda Gate and say it), to which the Hindus responded with “aayenge, zarur aayenge” (we will come, for sure).
On 25th of January, the Hindu group took up the challenge and decided to go to Chamunda Gate – area which has Muslim majority population, and trouble started on 26 January, when a ‘Tiranga Yatra’, a motorcycle rally taken out by Hindu youth – hoisting saffron color flags started celebrating Republic Day. The procession was organized without granting permission from the authority on Friday. The clashes took place after a group in Badu Nagar objected to certain slogans. “Hindustan mein rehna hain, toh Vande Mataram kehna hoga” raised by the motorcycle-borne mob, some verbal abuses were exchanged between them too, that gradually turned into physical violence following which the youngsters left their bikes and fled the scene. Within no time fight broke out near Abdul Hamid Chowk, another Mulsim-majority area, that ended up in a firing incident which claimed the life of Chandan Gupta.
Chandan Gupta (22) died after being hit in the chest by a bullet in clashes. The incident broke into the clashes in no time, more than three shops, two private buses, and a car was damaged and bus had caught fire, on the second day of violence on Saturday,
The violence, which originated near Bilram Gate, hit traffic on the Mathura-Bareilly road too. Half a dozen vehicles and commercial establishments in the city were targeted by the angry mob.
Following the clash, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appealed for peace in the area and directed the administration to “take strict action against miscreants”
Nearly a week since riots started, there is still the impact of violence in Kasganj district of UP, and a fear among the people to come out of their home.
Meanwhile, rioters had attempted to spark Kasganj-like riots on Republic Day in the national capital as well, however, Muslims showed patience and foiled their attempt. Rioters hoisted saffron flags at 6 Masjids and shouted provocative slogans. A complaint was lodged with Delhi police but no FIR was filed nor was an arrest made.