UP violence: 32 arrested, 51 detained, say police

A bus set on fire by a group that went on the rampage after the cremation of a young man killed on Friday during a bike rally, in Kasganj on Saturday. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 28, 2018, 10.02 AM (IST)

After clashes broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj city on Saturday killing a young boy, the police informed on Sunday that 32 people have been sent to jail under charges of murder and 51 people have been detained.

They further assured that the situation, which followed stone-pelting on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Republic Day was now under control. 

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Internet services have also been suspended till 10 pm on Sunday in trouble-torn areas in western Uttar Pradesh to prevent the spread of rumours on social media. 

The police also informed that one country made bomb and pistol also recovered from the residence of one of the accused. 

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP), OP Singh said that drone surveillance is being conducted to maintain law and order.

"Situation in Kasganj is under control. No incidents have taken place in the last few hours. Through drones we are conducting surveillance. Our priority is to maintain law and order. We had put restrictions on the internet for few hours to restrain rumours from being spread but we took this step to maintain law and order which is our utmost priority", Singh told 

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Raids were also carried out at one of the accused on Sunday morning. 

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Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said, "Two cases were registered yesterday (Friday). As many as nine arrests in two cases, 40 more preventive arrests have been made. ADG Agra Zone/Commissioner Aligarh/IG Aligarh range have been camping there since yesterday (Friday), an IG-level officer, DK Thakur, has reached there from Lucknow and camping since yesterday night."

He added, "Five companies of PAC and 1 RAF company had reached there (Kasganj) yesterday (Friday) along with additional civil police officers/policemen from the zone. One more company of RAF has been provided today (Saturday)."

The principal secretary (home) also informed, "After the peaceful cremation in the morning, some miscreants have tried to disturb peace which has been strictly dealt with. Only sporadic attempts of arson in the outskirts took place today (Saturday)."

A government spokesperson said prohibitory orders still remained in effect, but did not say whether the curfew had been lifted.

A strong posse of RAF and PAC personnel have intensified vigil in the district, whose borders have been sealed to stop elements detrimental to peace from sneaking into the city.

So far, 50 people have been arrested in connection with the violence allegedly announced by RP Singh, Kasganj District Magistrate.

"In all, 50 accused persons have been arrested. Efforts are on to arrest the rest of the accused," Singh said, adding that the figure was likely to go up.