Heated violence erupted in Kasganj city of western UP after Chandan Gupta (22) died in a clash during a “Tiranga bike rally” on the Republic Day on Friday.

A day after a young boy was killed in clashes following stone-pelting on a motorcycle rally during the Republic Day celebrations, fresh violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj city on Saturday.. With groups of people going on rampage after the cremation of the young man, at least three shops and two private buses were torched on the second day of unrest.

According to the police, internet services have been suspended in tensed areas of western Uttar Pradesh till 10 pm on Sunday, amid a curfew imposed after the Friday clashes.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “In all, three shops have been damaged, by pouring petrol below the shutter and setting it afire. Fire was also set on the seats of two private buses, but the engines of the buses are intact. One empty kiosk was also set ablaze by the anti-social elements. In the evening, the seats of an abandoned car were set ablaze.”

However claiming that no instances of violence was reported on Saturday, the ADG said, “Some anti-social elements had tried to break into the gate of a mosque yesterday (Friday), but were unable to do so, as police chased them away.”

“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,” said Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar

“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). 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),” he added.

Stating that the prohibitory orders still remain in effect, a government spokesperson said that a several security personnel of RAF and PAC have been kept vigil in the tensed district, the border of which has been kept sealed till Sunday.

ADG Anand Kumar said, “In all, 50 accused persons have been arrested. Efforts are on to arrest the rest of the accused.

Heated violence erupted in the Kasganj city of UP after Chandan Gupta (22) died in a clash during a “Tiranga bike rally” by activists of the RSS-backed students’ groups, ABVP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The parents of the commerce student said that Gupta was involved in several non-profit activities like blanket distribution and blood donation drives.

The clash on Friday began after the motorcycle rally reached minority community- dominated Baddunagar of UP. According to the police, “In this (firing), Chandan was killed and Naushad was injured. Naushad was referred to Aligarh for treatment.”