Kasganj Violence: Just Before Release On Bail, Yogi Govt. Invokes NSA Against Three Brothers

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Kasganj police patrolling the area after violence

Saleem (35) and his two younger brothers, all three prominent businessmen, had got bail from the Allahabad High Court a week ago, but they were not released.

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LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government has invoked National Security Act or NSA against three businessmen brothers who are among the accused in the Republic Day violence, including murder of a youth, in Kasganj district. More than a week ago, they had got bail from the Allahabad High Court after six months in jail. But night before their release, the state government imposed NSA on them and prevented their release.

On 26th January this year, some saffron groups had taken out a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ on bikes (they were carrying more saffron flags than Tiranga). They insisted to pass through a Muslim-dominated locality where the local residents were preparing for flag-hoisting. This led to scuffle between the two groups. The bikers fled the spot only to reassemble at other areas where they resorted to violence – torched various shops and vehicles of the minority community. During the violence, a youth identified as Abhishek Gupata was killed. At least three Muslims had sustained brutal assault from rampaging mob — one lost his right eye for ever.

The local police rounded up at least two dozen people, including the three brothers for the violence.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Yogi Adityanath government to investigate the Kasganj violence had filed charge sheets in April against 24 persons including the three brothers in connection with the murder of Gupta, 22.

Saleem (35) and his two younger brothers Naseem (32) and Waseem (30) are lodged in Kasganj district jail since their arrest six months ago. They are prominent businessmen in the Kasganj town. Waseem was a member of the district industrial cell.

Station House Officer, Kasganj police station, Ashok Kumar said that all three brothers were booked in two cases related to the Kasganj violence. “They have obtained bail from Allahabad High Court over a week back. Before they could come out of jail, we invoked NSA against them,” Ashok Kumar was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Superintendent of Police, Kasganj, Shiv Hari Meena said on Tuesday: “The (NSA) order was served in the jail last night.”

In the last one year, the state government has slapped NSA in various cases of violence in Barabanki, Bahraich and Azamgarh.

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