- Chandan Gupta died in violence over right-wing bike rally on Friday
- Mohd Akram's car attacked, says mob tried to gouge out his eye
- Fresh violence erupted over incident yesterday, 49 arrested
Chandan Gupta died of a bullet injury in the clashes that broke out during a "Tiranga bike rally" by activists of the RSS-backed students' group, ABVP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. He was participating in the rally.
A student of commerce at a local college, Chandan Gupta he was involved with a local non-profit. His parents say he participated in activities like blanket distribution and blood donation drives. His family is now staging a dharna in Kasganj asking for swift justice in the case.
Reports say the violence started soon after, during which stones were thrown and gunshots were heard.
"I never imagined something like this could happen," Mr Akram said. He said he saw the mob but in the darkness, thought they were cops. "Soon that mob set on me. I folded my hands and pleaded with them. But they assaulted me. After beating me and threatening to set my car on fire, they let me go. I guess some of them had some sanity left," he said.
It is not yet clear why the police was not able to keep peace in the area. Prohibitory measures banning large gatherings have been declared in the area and mobile internet services have been snapped. The administration has also called in addition policemen to keep the peace in the area.
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