I was not present in Kasganj during riots, says Man declared ‘dead’

New Delhi, Jan 30: Rahul Upadhyay, the rumour of whose ‘death’ added fuel to the rampant violence across Kasganj district in Uttar Pradesh – is alive, on Tuesday he himself came forward and said that he was not present there during riots.

Speaking to news agency ANI Upadhyay said “One of my friends informed me about rumours on the social media about me getting killed during the Kasganj violence, but I was not present in Kasganj at the time of riots. I had gone to my village and I am absolutely fine”.

Earlier on Monday, Inspector General Aligarh Range, Sanjeev Gupta said Upadhyay is alive.

He confirmed that four people have been nabbed for spreading rumours about Upadhyay’s death.

One person died and two were injured on January 26, after a clash broke out between two communities during “unauthorised” ‘Tiranga Yatra’ to mark Republic Day in Kasganj.

The violence erupted when the rally was being taken out from a communally-sensitive area, during which some youths, participating in the rally, allegedly raised objectionable slogans.

Thirty-two people were sent to jail on charges of murder and more than 51 others were detained by police, in connection with the incident.


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