Uttar Pradesh: 1 killed, several injured in clashes over Republic Day flag march in Kasganj
Kasganj (UP), Jan 26: A youth reportedly died after clashes erupted between two groups during a flag march in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj.
The two groups had taken out a Tiranga (tricolour) rally on the Mathura-Bareilly highway to mark the occasion of Republic Day. They were targeted in Kasganj's Baddu Nagar.
Curfew has been imposed after the violent mobs targeted vehicles in the area.
Dozens have been reported to be injured. A large number of rioters have been detained by the police. A person who suffered critical injuries succumbed while undergoing treatment, reports India Today.
The flag march was carried out by Vishwa Hind Parishad and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists from Mathura-Bareli.
Chief Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar confirmed that 12 vehicles were damaged and that the district administration has beefed up its security arrangements.
The police said the stone pelting seemed spontaneous and not planned. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told PTI the district administration had the situation under control, but had called in additional forces as a preventive measure. "The troublemakers are being identified, and stringent action will be initiated against them," he added.
District Magistrate RP Singh said they had imposed prohibitory orders in the area, barring more than four or more people from assembling in one place.
Kumar told ANI the police had detained several people for interrogation. "We will take action against those responsible after a proper investigation," he said.
District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police are closely monitoring the situation.