The police, on Wednesday, arrested the main accused for the murder of 22-year-old Abhishek Gupta, alias Chandan, who died during communal clashes in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj on Republic Day, as the state government sent a detailed report to the Union Home Ministry on the violence.The UP government reportedly said that it was probing if the trouble was pre-planned in Kasganj, five hours from State Capital Lucknow. “We have sent a report on the violence, and steps taken to restore peace. Details of steps taken to punish the culprits have also been furnished to the Union Home Ministry,” a UP government official said.Gupta died of gunshot wounds in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day on Friday, organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), setting off a chain of violence that continued intermittently till Tuesday. At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched in clashes, resulting in more than a hundred arrests.”Saleem Javed, the main accused, has been nabbed,” Sanjeev Gupta, Inspector General of Police (Aligarh Range) said, on a day when cops refused permission to VHP’s Tiranga Yatras across the state. His two brothers — Waseem and Naseem — and 17 others have been charged with murder and under other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The police also cited law and order apprehensions and stopped a Congress delegation from entering the restive district that mostly remained shut on Wednesday. The police said normalcy was slowly returning to the violence-hit town where security personnel have intensified patrolling in sensitive areas.Cases of communal violence in Kasganj are shameful and a blot on the state, and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government must take steps to ensure that they do not happen again, Governor Ram Naik had said on Monday in stinging remarks.Adityanath responded on Tuesday and said that his government was committed to providing security to each and every citizen, and promised strict action against perpetrators of the violence.VHP urged Adityanath on Wednesday to grant martyr status to Gupta. Demanding a government job for a member of his family, VHP also requested Adityanath to give a compensation of Rs 50 lakh and a house to the kin of the deceased. VHP further asked Adityanath to give orders to free all Hindu youth who have been arrested by the police following the violence.
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