- Video from Kasganj shows group of men armed with guns and clubs
- Video shows mobs go on the rampage, burning cars, shops and houses
- Sources say police probing video to establish sequence of events
Not long after this video was taken, mobs would go on the rampage, burning cars, shops and houses.
Sources say the police are investigating the video to establish the sequence of events and those responsible for the clashes.
The violence erupted on Friday after a "Tiranga Yatra" taken out by activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) to mark Republic Day. By all accounts, the clashes started after an argument between two groups when the "Tiranga Yatra" was passing through a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood.
Visuals of 22-year-old Chandan Gupta participating in the "Tiranga Yatra" is also among the clips that have emerged from the town that remains on edge.
The violence escalated after Gupta's death, with several "revenge" attacks over three days.
The police have filed seven FIRs or First Information Reports related to the communal clashes and subsequent violence and arson. Over 100 have been arrested.
Other pictures circulated by the police show peace committee meetings between the elders of both communities to restore peace in Kasganj, which has a population of about two lakh. There is heavy police presence across the town.
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