Hindu Vivek Kendra
«« Back
Riots in Kanpur spread, death roll mounts to 14

Riots in Kanpur spread, death roll mounts to 14

Publication: The Times of India
Date: March 19, 2001
With three more deaths being reported from the riot-torn areas of Kanpur, the death roll in the communal violence rose to 14 on Sunday. For the third successive day activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) continued to right pitched battles with the police and open new fronts.

Violence was spreading and reports of arson were coming in till late in the day, reminding people of the days soon after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. Although the new-look district administration said that matters were under control, there seemed to he no let-up in the violence. SIMI continued to spread arson to newer areas in what appeared to be a well-laid-out plan.

According to the administration, two more companies of the Rapid Action Force were pressed into service and at the same time the Provincial Armed Constabulary was 'pulled out' from a number of affected areas on the request of the residents there. However, both SSP Arun Kumar and DM B.S. Bhullar denied that the PAC was pulled out. They only said that a reshuffle had been effected. However, residents of the area were heard shouting 'new administration zindabad' after the PAC was removed.

The police also claimed to have arrested 90 suspects. They recovered 212 crude bombs in a search operation in the sensitive areas. The administration has also identified high rise buildings in the riot areas from where bombs were buried and bullets were fired at the police.

The police, however, are baffled by the sophisticated arms and ammunition being used by the SIMI. The ADM (finance) C.P. Pathak was shot on Friday, reportedly with an AK 47.

Although many arms factories have been unveil in severed parts of the city, sources in the administration said that sophisticated arm were being brought in from outside the country.

According to the police, one Mohammad Hand was shot near Roopam crossing, in Beconganj area, on Sunday morning. Two others, who were injured on Saturday, died in the LLR hospital on Sunday.

With the situation continuing to he volatile, the high school and intermediate examinations scheduled to begin on Monday have been cancelled.

Back                          Top

«« Back
  Search Articles
  Special Annoucements