1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

May 27, 2017, 04:32
1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

The Centre has sent 400 anti-riot police personnel to Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday to help the state restore peace in the region where caste clashes have claimed two lives.

Dalits say upper caste Thakurs had earlier prevented them from installing a statue of BR Ambedkar on the premises of the Ravidas temple in the village.

According to an Outlook report, during her visit to Shabbirpur village, the BSP chief blamed the BJP-led UP government for the continuing violence and said that they had failed to stop their own party brigades from inciting clashes.

In other clashes, Dalits were attacked in two different places near Chandpura village by unidentified people.

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Blaming the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh for the violent clashes between Dalits and upper castes in Saharanpur, the CPI-M on Wednesday demanded action in the matter, including protection and monetary compensation for the Dalits. The incident occurred after a rally was held in Shabbirpur by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

Police officer Aditya Mishra said one person was killed and dozens injured in the violence Tuesday. Saharanpur has been in the grip of caste violence since April.

The Congress, while demanding setting up of a special court to try the cases to ensure time-bound justice, alleged that such attacks were a result of a mindset among some people who believe that they have a "licence to kill".

"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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The Uttar Pradesh government has announced Rs 15 lakh as compensation to the family of the man killed and Rs 50,000 each to those injured yesterday. Senior district administration officials have been suspended. Power Minister Srikant Sharma, who is also the government spokesman said: "It was expected that the visit of the former Chief Minister (Mayawati) would lead to return of peace but what happened was the reverse".

Tempers rose allegedly when on the occasion of Maharana Pratap's birth anniversary, the Rajput community members insisted on playing loud music during a procession, despite a remonstration from Dalits against it.

Thousands of people had staged a massive protest on Sunday at Jantar Mantar in against alleged atrocities on Dalits in Saharanpur.

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