1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

Police said they had blocked access to mobile messaging services to stop "outsiders" from instigating the violence between Dalits and members of a higher caste community in Uttar Pradesh state's Saharanpur district, which lies just 120 miles (190 kilometers) from New Delhi. A special set-up of the public prosecutor has to be appointed and chargesheet against the accused has to be filed within 60 days of the incident.

A team of high-ranking officials from the Police and Home Departments is camping in the district to monitor the situation. "A certain section of the society in UP believe that after Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, they have got licence to indulge in hooliganism, oppress the Dalits, commit atrocities", said Raju.

"They think the Chief Minister will provide them all necessary protection to allow them to commit any kind of atrocities on Dalits".

Confirming the development, news agency ANI reported that UP Police has denied permission to the Congress leader ahead of his scheduled Saharanpur visit. Shabbirpur is the village in Saharanpur, where earlier an upper caste man was killed around a month back.

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Surprisingly, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is yet to make any comment about the ninth clash in the state.

Prasad said one person was shot dead and two people were injured in the clashes between two communities on May 23, following which three FIRs were registered and 24 people arrested. The police, however, said the incident could not be linked to the ongoing caste violence.

Aiming at the revival of peace in the violence-stricken Saharanpur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday urged Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati not to add oil in the prevailing tense situation.

The Uttar Pradesh government must urgently bring to justice those responsible for recent caste-based violence and attacks against Dalits in Saharanpur district, in which two men have been killed and several injured. Adityanath last night termed the incident as sad and unfortunate and offered his condolences to the family of the person killed in fresh violence yesterday. After visiting the village, District Magistrate Mr Pandey has said that a conspiracy was hatched to disturb the peace and law and order in the district by the miscreants and all of them will be identified in due course of investigation.


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