Saharanpur violence: SSP, DM sacked for failing to control clashes

Saharanpur violence: One Dalit killed, 24 arrests so far

If there are disturbances, she should not add oil to it.

District magistrate N.P. Singh and SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey were suspended for their failure to control the situation, as were an SDM and a circle officer. "In the clashes, a Dalit man was killed and two others were critically injured", a police official said.

BJP leader S Prakash also held the same opinion and said that it was Mayawati's duty to ensure peace and not speak in a manner which vitiates the atmosphere further.

In a clear indication of the Bhim Army's influence among Dalits, three villagers - Sompal, Kashmir and Mamchand said that many elderly persons have directed youngsters to collect donations for the organisation. The Dalits are demanding their constitutional rights but the "casteist forces in the BJP and RSS" are out to crush them, she said.

UP chief minister Adityanath has ordered a four-member team to take up the enquiries and visit the spot. He asked people to avoid inflammatory speeches and urged them to help in maintaining peace and order.

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The first incident on Wednesday was reported from Mirzapur village at around 5 a.m on Wednesday. He said the culprits would be identified and strict action taken against them.

Meanwhile, twenty-five persons were arrested and four top officials suspended over the violence in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, a day after clashes between Dalits-Rajputs left one dead. The recent caste clashes in Saharanpur have created a sense of distrust between the members of upper castes and Dalits who have been living together for generations. "Therefore, the Dalits objected to the Thakurs' Maharana Pratap procession that also didn't have permission", said Mayawati. The injured will be given Rs 50,000 each as compensation.

Center has sought a report from UP government over Saharanpur violence incidents. On Tuesday, some unidentified people set fire to about 12 houses belonging to Rajputs in Shabbirpur ahead of BSP supremo Mayawati's arrival. After Mayawati's rally got over, a group of sword-wielding men attacked a vehicle that was carrying BSP supporters.

Two senior police officers of Saharanpur were removed on Wednesday over inability to assess the situation and prevent the fresh bout of caste violence in the district.

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