UP police deny Rahul Gandhi permission to visit riot-hit Saharanpur

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27 May, 2017

Slamming the opposition after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was denied to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that the former is a master in political tourism and photo ops which is why he chose to visit Saharanpur.

Congress leader PL Punia and former Union Minister Kumari Shailja have been denied permission to visit the villages. Leaders of the Congress, according to reports, had questioned Rahul's disinterest in visiting the clash-torn region.

The BSP supremo attacked the Yogi Adityanath government alleging that "casteist forces" in the BJP and the RSS had been given a free hand to misuse official machinery and harm social brotherhood in the state.

"Since the Bharatiya Janata Party has come to power in the state, law and order has deteriorated massively", Yadav told ANI.

On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages.

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Mishra said the situation is likely to become normal in the next 24 hours.

In Muzaffarnagar also, she had lashed out at the state government for the violence. The Home Ministry asked the for details of the incidents which began last month, and steps that had been taken to restore and maintain peace in the west UP district. The clash started because police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after Dalits complained.

The crack down was made after government found that despite of dispatching a battery of senior police officers and a strong contingent of reserved police force, fresh case of stray incidents of firing and stabbing were reported from two places in Saharanpur in which three persons were seriously injured and shifted to hospital on Wednesday.

In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government today suspended the District Magistrate (DM) and Superintendent of Police (SSP) posted there while transferring the Divisional Commissioner and the Deputy Inspector General (DIG).

Due to violence in Saharanpur, which rose early this month, Internet service was kept suspended on Wednesday.

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