Fresh clashes erupted in the already boiling Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after BSP chief Mayawati’s visit. A Dalit man was killed and several others were reportedly injured in the incident.
Reportedly, a group of Dalits threw stones at the houses of some Rajputs before Mayawati’s rally. This led to violence as the Thakurs hit the truck in which the Dalits were traveling towards Chandpur village Saharanpur. One Dalit was shot dead while two others were left injured in this attack.
Now there are reports that the situation is under control.
An NDTV report quoted an official of Meerut Zone of UP as saying that reports of a person’s death have been received. He also told that two persons are seriously injured in clashes at Chandrapur, Shabbirpur and Badagon villages.
“We are still investigating the exact circumstances of the death, whether it has anything to do with the rally. The district police chief is at the spot,” he said.
In the meantime, Mayawati held the BJP-led UP government responsible for the violence. She alleged that the ruling party failed to stop its own group from attacking weaker sections.
The latest incident is the fourth major case of violence in Saharanpur in just three weeks. Recently on Sunday, thousands of Dalit rights activists gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against such violence in Saharanpur. Around 5,000 people took part in the protest.