Lucknow: Rahul Upadhyay, a reporter whose death during Kasganj riots widely circulated in the media reportedly escalated violence in the troubled town, himself showed up at a police station to counter rumours of his death.
"One of my friends called me and said there are rumours on social media about me getting killed during the Kasganj violence. I asked him to forward me the posts and saw that it was true," NDTV quoted Rahul Upadhyay as saying.
"But let me make it clear that I was not present in Kasganj at the time when the riots took place. I had gone to my village. I am absolutely fine", he added.
"As you can see, Rahul Upadhyay is healthy, and fine and is standing with us," senior police officer Sanjeev Gupta further confirmed.
Communal violence in Kasganj near Etah in Uttar Pradesh erupted on Republic Day Friday.
Local Muslims were celebrating Republic Day at Shaheed Abdul Hameed Chowk of Kasganj on Friday when VHP and ABVP activists holding saffron flags came on bike. They were not only shouting slogans against Pakistan but were also asking the Muslims to go to Pakistan, according to reports.
Rejecting the claim by some BJP leaders and a section of media that Muslims stopped the VHP and ABVP activists from hoisting the India tricolor, reports said it was actually the latter who disrupted the Republic Day celebration organised by the local Muslims and tried to hoist saffron flags instead of the Indian Tiranga.
A 22-year-old student, Chandan Gupta, died in the clashes that took place on a day the country was celebrating the Republic day whereas Mohammad Akram who was attacked during the clashes lost his eye sight.
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