Lucknow: The main accused in the Chandan Gupta murder case in Kasganj was arrested today even as a Congress delegation was stopped from entering the violence-hit district amid continuing tension in some pockets.
“Saleem, the main accused, has been nabbed,” IG, Aligarh range, Sanjeev Gupta said.
Kasganj SP Piyush Srivastava said notices pertaining to attachment of properties of the accused have been pasted on their houses.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has sent a report to the Centre giving details of the communal violence in Kasganj, where one person was killed and two others were injured, and the steps taken so far, an official said today.
The state government’s report contains details about the arrests made by the UP Police and circumstances leading to the death of the lone victim Chandan Gupta.
The government conveyed to the Union home ministry that the police are investigating the case and all facts are being ascertained to know if the violence was pre-planned.
However, authorities stopped a Congress delegation in Mirhachi area in Etah on the border of Kasganj district. They denied permission to the delegation from entering troubled areas, citing law and order issues, official sources said.
District Magistrate, Kasganj, R P Singh had refused to give permission to the Congress delegation apprehending that their visit to the troubled areas might create additional problems.
At least three shops, two buses, and a car were torched after a youth was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally was taken out to celebrate Republic Day last week.
At least 118 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
Tension still prevailed in a few pockets of the western Uttar Pradesh town. Police said normalcy was slowly returning to the violence-hit town where security personnel has intensified patrolling in sensitive areas.
Stray incidents of violence were reported from Kasganj yesterday, but the situation was by and large peaceful today.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said yesterday that his government was committed to providing security to each and every citizen.
“Anarchy has no place in the state,” he said, and promised strict action against the perpetrators of violence, asserting the guilty would not be allowed to go unpunished.
The UP government has come under fire over the clashes with even Governor Ram Naik terming the Kasganj violence a “blot” on the state.
Opposition parties have also attacked the state government over the clashes.