Curfew was also imposed in Allahabad and Kosi Kalan in Mathura.
In connection with these riots, police have lodged 108 FIRs and arrested 400 people on various charges, including murder, attempt to murder, rioting, damage to public property and setting ablaze police and private vehicles and houses. No chargesheets have been filed in any of the cases and police claim that the investigation is on.
The state witnessed the first riot under the new SP government on June 1, when two communities clashed over using water at a religious site in Kosi Kalan area of Mathura. Clashing groups torched vehicles and pelted stones on each other. Four persons were killed in the violence and curfew was imposed.
Police lodged 50 FIRs and arrested 40 people. Nearly 400 people were held under preventive detention and arms licences of 100 were seized. Police said they are looking into the role of former BSP minister Chowdhary Laxmi Narayan, his younger brother and MLC Chowdhary Lekhraj, and his nephew Nardev, who were also booked.
Paratapgarh was the second to witness riot on June 23 when 46 houses of Muslims were torched at Asthan village following the gangrape and murder of a minor Dalit girl on June 20. People were angry over the police’s “late reaction” to the incident. Violence erupted when the body of the girl was being taken for cremation. Before the police could react, people from nearby villages came in support of the community that had gone on the offensive. Due to constant stone-pelting, it took several hours for the police to enter the village and regain control. Two FIRs were registered and 30 people have been arrested till now.
Bareilly district saw rioting twice in less than one month. The first took place on July 23 after an altercation between a group of kanwarias and a tea stall vendor. Two groups exchanged fire and also set markets and shops on fire. Soon, the tension broke out in other areas. Three people died and several others were injured. Curfew was imposed in five police station areas.
Riot took place in Bareilly again on August 11 — four days after the curfew was lifted. Clashes took place at two different places at Shyamganj crossing and Jagatpur locality. This time, the trigger was pelting of stones on a religious procession. This led to heavy brick-batting and firing in which three got injured and one suffered bullet injury. The administration imposed curfew in four police station areas which is still in force. A total of 38 FIRs have been filed and 293 people have been arrested.
The latest rioting took place in Lucknow and Allahabad districts on Friday where mob smashed vehicles, stones shops and passerby, beat up mediapersons and vandalised Buddha Park in Lucknow, allegedly in protest against “atrocities on Muslims” in Myanmar and Assam. The mob armed with sticks, rods and daggers went on a rampage for two hours in both cities. In Allahabad, the violence was on a lesser scale, but the district administration had to impose curfew.
In Lucknow, police registered five FIRs but are yet to make any arrest, while in Allahabad, police have lodged two FIRs and arrested 15 people.