Amid simmering communal tensions in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, known for his controversial remarks, has said that Pakistan supporters were behind the violence.
On Sunday, more than 30 people were sent to jail on charges of murder and 51 others were detained by police, in connection with the violence that erupted in Kasganj. One person Chandan Gupta, died and two others were injured after a clash broke out between two communities during 'Tiranga Yatra' in the district on Republic Day.
"Pakistan supporters have come to Kasganj, they only respect the Pakistani flag and were raising slogans of 'Pakistan zindabad'. These people have killed one of our workers, These people should be dealt with strictly," Katiyar told news agency ANI.
Both the groups reportedly pelted stones and also fired bullets at each other. On Saturday, the violence flared up after the cremation of a local resident who was killed in clashes on Republic Day. Shops at Ghantaghar were burnt down and private buses parked on Nadrai Gate were set on fire.
Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and state urban development minister Suresh Khanna condemned the violence and said strict action will be taken against those found guilty.