Communal clash in Kasganj

On 26 January disruption of the peaceful flag-hoisting ceremony by the Muslim community at Veer Abdul Hamid Chowk (named after the martyred Indian soldier of the 1965 war) by a motorcycle rally of the youngsters took place. These were mainly activists of ABVP and Sankalp Foundation. This was followed by firing and violence in other parts of the city. This resulted into a death of a young man Chandan Gupta due to bullet wounds. Two other men Naushad and Akram were grievously injured and were hospitalized. Salim, one of the accused claimed that in the riots his house were looted with the help of Police. • On 27 January – even though police force was accompanying the funeral procession, while returning through the Bilram market, the police force did not stop the looting and arson of Muslim-owned shops. Not enough force was deployed in the market even though it was on the return route of the funeral procession. Police hesitated to take case and to arrest the culprits even there was solid evidences. After the scuffle at the Abdul Hamid Chowk, police intervened following which the bike rally scattered – they ran away leaving the bikes which were impounded by the police. Till date there is no evidence to show that the police have arrested or questioned the bike-owners. “We are investigating,” said SHO Ripudaman Singh. No permission was apparently taken to take the bike rally through the Abdul Hamid Chowk. The designated route, reportedly, was not followed. Hence, it was planned move to create polarization and move towards violent confrontation.

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Source of information Fact Finding Report Place of incident Other :Town and villages
Number of victims 4 Identity of victim Muslims
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Hindu
Location of incident Other Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

8 of the muslims charged under UAPA

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Police is a part of the perpetrator :81 arrested most from the Muslim community, • 29-30 January: Many affected shopkeepers and homeowners tried to get FIRs registered in the Kasganj police station, but their applications were not accepted by the police and Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
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Civil society reports

Yes, the organization is United against Hate.

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Main Information
Date of incident: January 26, 2018
Nature of Violence
  • Communal tension/Violence/Riot
  • Causal factors
  • Instigate Communal Riots / Clash
  • Number of people Killed 1
    No. of People Injured 4
    Name of the victim : Chandan, Noushad, Akram, Salim
    Name of Perpetrator RSS
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Kasganj
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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