Flag march by police in violence-hit Saharanpur villages

Lucy Bush
May 27, 2017

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday appealed to the people of the state to not to pay heed to any inflammatory speeches spread by "certain elements".

Earlier, former union minister Kumari Shailja and senior Congress leader PL Punia were denied permission to visit Saharanpur.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi leaves for Saharanpur.

After being denied permission to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, Gandhi yesterday vented his ire on the Centre while saying that latter is adopting the policy of "divide and distract" as they have failed to deliver their promises.

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

In a bid to calm tempers, the state government had sent State Home Secretary Mani Parsad Mishra and ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra to Saharanpur.

Uttar Pradesh's government today suspended the superintendent of police (SSP) and the district magistrate posted in Saharanpur for their "inability to control" two major incidents of violence this month between the Dalit and Thakur communities, reported TOI.

The caste violence in Saharanpur and the gang rape and murder on a highway near Bulandshahr have followed the depredations of the love jehad and anti-Romeo squads and the Allahabad High Court's intervention in favour of the Muslim meat traders when it told Yogi Adityanath's government to issue licences to the abattoirs which it had summarily closed down.

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He is scheduled to visit Shabbirpur village which was the epicentre of the caste-based clashes.

Saharanpur has made headlines through the month for brutality against lower caste members, especially Dalits.

Congress leaders in Delhi however said Mr Gandhi's visit aims to "take stock of the prevailing situation".

Had the administration permitted the installation of an Ambedkar statue as well as a procession on "Maharana Pratap Jayanti", the violence would have never occurred, she had said.

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On May 23, another person was shot dead and two others were wounded, following which the government suspended the SSP and district magistrate and transferred the divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police.

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