Indian police arrested 112 people in Kasganj district (Uttar Pradesh state) on Sunday, January 28. The arrests follow sectarian clashes in the area on Friday, January 26, in which two groups threw stones at one another during a motorcycle rally, killing one teenager. Material damages were also reported during the unrest, as several small businesses and vehicles were set on fire. Indian security forces have maintained a heightened security presence in the area as of Monday, January 29, and the situation is reportedly under control; public gatherings of more than four people have been prohibited until further notice to bar further outbreaks of violence.
Continued heightened security measures and associated traffic disruptions are expected in Kasganj district in the coming days.
The clashes come shortly after the celebration of Republic Day in India on January 26. According to local sources, demonstrators shouted "Long live India!" in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Kasganj district on January 26, inciting verbal arguments between the demonstrators and residents and an eventual outbreak of violence. Residents reported that Muslim properties were attacked following the death of the teenage demonstrator.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and protests due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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