24 arrested after killing of Dalit in Saharanpur; security up amid tension

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

After Mayawati wrapped up her visit to the village, a sword-wielding mob attacked a Bolero of some BSP supporters, who had come from Sarsawa to attend her event. "In the clashes, a Dalit man was killed and two others were critically injured", a police official said.

The injured have been admitted to the district hospital.

He said the state government has taken the Saharanpur incident very seriously and sent four senior officials with the instructions to return only after normalcy is restored. Over 25 people have been arrested.

"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.


Clashes broke out in Chandrapur and neighbouring villages between the upper-caste men and the Dalits, who were returning from Mayawati's meeting.

Violence erupted when an angry mob, carrying swords and guns, attacked a vehicle filled with BSP supporters from Sarsawa village who had come to attend Mayawati's rally. SSP Love Kumar and DM Shafqat Kamal were shifted out after the district witnessed communal violence in Sadak Dudhli village in mid April after the BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal insisted on leading a procession through a communally sensitive area of the village.

"The Dalits are demanding their constitutional rights but caste-based forces in the BJP and RSS are out to crush them", she said, adding that those who had condemned Dalit icons all their lives are today out to proclaim themselves as the saviours of Dalits and backwards for the sake of votes.

He says the Bheem Army - a Dalit group which, the police say, was behind the May 9 violence in the district - is committed to holding peaceful protests. Since then, Dalits or their symbols have been targeted in villages of the district nearly every day. Azad, however, emerged at the Jantar Mantar yesterday to lead a protest against alleged atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. "The UP government has to understand that there is a provision which provides protection, safeguard to Dalits and they are duty bound to implement that legislation. 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". "Our priority is to maintain peace and ensure that injured get proper treatment", Dubey said.

Led by Home Secretary Mani Prasad Mishra, the team comprises of Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Aditya Mishra, Inspector General (Special Task Force) Amitabh Yash and DG Security Vijay Bhushan.


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