Tension worsens in Saharanpur as fresh clashes kill 1 person

Tension worsens in Saharanpur as fresh clashes kill 1 person
Tension worsens in Saharanpur as fresh clashes kill 1 person
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27 May, 2017

As violence escalated with second murder in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government imposed a curfew in the district while sacking top administration authorities. The decision to remove the officials has been taken, as it is being presumed that they failed to control the situation, even when the area was already declared a sensitive zone.

The BJP leader got so riled up that he with his party inmates thrashed the police officer to an extent that he was left all bruised up.

He claimed that though hundreds of upper caste youth have been involved in clashes against Dalits, only 32 have been arrested so far.

Police sources said the attackers allegedly fired their guns and wielded batons, killing Ashish (24), who hailed fom Sarsawa town, on the spot and injuring four others. While Dalits complained of relentless atrocities being perpetrated on them by upper caste Thakurs, Thakurs, in turn, put the blame on the government accusing it of Dalit appeasement.

Charred Remains of Dalit houses that were burned following inter cast clash in Saharanpur. Nine FIRs were registered on that day and 17 people were arrested.

Reports state that the victims of the fresh incident were severely injured and were rushed to different hospitals.

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While demanding justice from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the protestors alleged that the state government was mistreating the Dalits. "Peace had been restored in Saharanpur but the former chief minister's visit led to tension followed by the unfortunate incident where one person has died", the statement said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), meanwhile, traded charges against each other over the violence. The police, however, said the incident could not be linked to the ongoing caste violence.

A team of four officials including the Home Secretary, Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Aditya Mishra, Inspector General (Special Task Force) Amitabh Yash and DG Security Vijay Bhushan were flown down in a special plane to the violence-hit area late on Tuesday night.

According to reports, the two communities started fighting over the statue of Rajput warrior-king Maharana Pratap and father of constitution BR Ambedkar.

In their bid to revive lost trust between Dalits and Rajputs, a few Thakurs, including ex Pradhan of Shabbirpur Om Singh, joined in the celebrations.


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