Fresh violence keeps curfew-bound Kasganj on edge

Internet services suspended to control rumours and fake news

Updated - January 28, 2018 05:13 pm IST

Published - January 28, 2018 04:06 pm IST - Meerut

 Security forces on vigil in Kasganj city in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

Security forces on vigil in Kasganj city in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

A mob torched three shops, two buses and a car despite heavy police deployment in the town as a fresh round of violence erupted in curfew-bound Kasganj, in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. In order to control spread of rumour and fake news the local administration suspended all Internet services in the area.

“All internet services were suspended from 5 p.m. on 27th January to 10 p.m. on 28th January,” said R.P. Singh, District Magistrate (Etah).

U.P. police have constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the communal clash that led to the death of one person and injured two on Friday.

Police, on Sunday, arrested a youth with pistol and petrol bombs and recovered country-made bombs after raiding his house.

More than 50 people have been arrested so far.

The District Magistrate told The Hindu , “Some rioters torched a shop in Kabrner area. Later the fire brigade extinguished it. Section 144 is in place. We are repeatedly asking people not to believe in rumours.”

“The situation is under control. The investigation in the murder case is going on and the police are nabbing accused and rioters. Senior administrative and police officials are keeping a close watch on the situation,” the DM said.

DGP of U.P. O.P. Singh said the situation was “under control” and the priority was to maintain law and order. “The situation in Kasganj is under control. A number of people have been arrested. Patrolling has been intensified. The priority is to ensure peace and maintain law and order,” the DGP said.

Two cases have been registered in Kasganj Kotwali police station.

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