//SSP removed, two officials suspended as Aligarh remains tense

SSP removed, two officials suspended as Aligarh remains tense

PAC and RAF deployed in the curfew-bound area
Aligarh: Soon after two senior officials were suspended in wake of the riots here, the State Government on Friday removed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajay Anand even as the death toll rose to five with recovery of one more body this morning.

Akhil Kumar, district police chief of Kanpur (Dehat), takes over as the new SSP, an official spokesman said in the State Capital, adding that Anand has been attached to the Director General of Police (DGP) office in Lucknow. Earlier, the State Government had suspended ADM (City) Satyabhan and SP (city) S.K. Verma of Aligarh for failing to control the violence. D.P. Singh has been appointed the new Aligarh SP (City).

Five persons were killed in the violence in the communally-sensitive town, forcing authorities to impose indefinite curfew in three police station areas on Thursday.

Reports of fresh incidents of firing and stone pelting were reported from Bhujpura bypass after a corpse was recovered this morning. A large contingent of police, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the curfew-bound areas where as the situation was described as `tense’.

Lalji Tandon prevented from going to Aligarh

According to a report from Kanpur, Leader of the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh Assembly and senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon was on Friday prevented from going to Aligarh rocked by communal violence.

Heavy police force was deployed at Kanpur Central railway station before the arrival of Delhi-bound Gomti Express at the platform and police took Mr. Tandon from the station to the circuit house, denying him the permission to go to Aligarh.

Not pre-planned

Virtually admitting administrative failure in Aligarh, the Uttar Pradesh Government on Friday said the recent clashes there could have been averted by positive administrative action.

Talking to reporters in Lucknow, State Principal Secretary (Home) S.K. Agarwal, however, denied that the violence was pre-planned.

Cong seeks judicial probe

Meanwhile in Delhi, the Congress on Friday demanded a judicial inquiry into the clashes in Aligarh, saying Thursday’s incident was not a Hindu-Muslim riot but a sign of lack of adequate precaution on part of the administration.

Describing the situation in Aligarh as serious, party spokesman Rajeev Shukla alleged that the five people who had lost their lives had been killed by police.

While some people were injured, others were still missing and it reflected on the poor law and order situation in the State, he said. — UNI and PTI