1 killed, 24 arrested in fresh violence in Saharanpur after Mayawati's rally

Saharanpur DM N P Singh was today suspended for his inability to control the fresh bout of violence
Saharanpur DM N P Singh was today suspended for his inability to control the fresh bout of violence
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25 May, 2017

One person was killed and four others were injured yesterday as fresh violence erupted in Saharanpur, which has been witnessing inter-caste clashes since last month. On April 20, stone pelting left dozens injured when a group tried to barge into an Ambedkar Jayanti procession in Doodhli village.During the April 20 clash, the residence of then Saharanpur SSP, Love Kumar, was attacked.

After Mayawati completed her visit to the village, a mob attacked a Bolero carrying BSP supporters from Sarsawa to attend the event and killed Ashish in the process.

Condemning the attacks on Dalits in Saharanpur which resulted in one of them being killed and around 12 others injured, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sanjiv Balyan on Wednesday criticised the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and asserted that they trying to politicise the matter. The government says it provides them protection through stringent laws, but the laws are loosely implemented by local authorities.

Twenty-five persons were also arrested.

"Otherwise, it will be hard to contain the anger of Dalits", they said, cautioning the government against a backlash from the community if its right are not protected.

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One died and several others sustained injuries when a group of Dalits returning from Mayawati's meeting in a auto was allegedly attacked by men belonging to upper caste with sharp-edged weapons and guns. The men were allegedly attacked by a group of upper caste members on their way home from riot-hit Shabbirpur after meeting BSP chief Mayawati. Raju said: "Though hundreds of upper caste youths have committed such atrocious acts on Dalits, so far only 32 have been arrested". This government is against the Dalits. Shabbirpur is home to around 600 Dalits and over 900 Thakurs.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the incident as sad and unfortunate and offered his condolences to the family of the deceased.

The chief minister has made an appeal to the people to maintain peace and has also sought cooperation from opposition parties, he said.

In view of fresh violence in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP has fired the area's top police officer and top bureaucrat.

Despite permission denied by the Delhi Police, the Yuva Shakti Dal including the Bhim Army staged a massive protest on Sunday at Jantar Mantar in against alleged atrocities on Dalits in Saharanpur. The government has stepped up security in the area.


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