Saharanpur violence fallout: UP govt suspends DM, senior cop after fresh caste clashes
The removal of the DM and SSP comes after fresh clahses between Dalits and Thakurs in Saharanpur on Tuesday evening that left one dead and eight injured.india Updated: May 24, 2017 20:40 IST
The government suspended two senior Saharanpur officials on Wednesday because of their inability to control caste clashes that has killed two people and injured scores in the western Uttar Pradesh town.
The Saharanpur senior superintendent of police Subhash Chandra Dubey and district magistrate NP Singh were suspended late in the evening. It wasn’t immediately clear when and where they would be posted. Orders for posting new officers to Saharanpur was also being issued.
In another development, the DIG and divisional commissioner of the violence-hit district were also transferred.
This comes after fresh clashes between Dalits and Thakurs in Saharanpur on Tuesday evening that left one dead and eight injured. The violence began on May 5 over a rally to commemorate 16th century king Maharana Pratap. Thakurs torched scores of Dalit houses in Shabeerpur village near Saharanpur. Days later, angry Dalits damaged several houses and vehicles.
The caste violence is being seen as the first law and order challenge for chief minister Yogi Adityanath since the BJP came to power in March.
Police have tightened security and arrested more than 20 people after Tuesday’s attacks on Dalits who were returning from a rally of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. Senior state government officials are camping in the area. Dalits in adjoining villages protested against the killing, damaging some shops that led to closure of markets.
BSP’s Saharanpur zonal in-charge Kuldeep Baliyan told HT a meeting of party leaders had been called to take stock of the situation. He said a delegation would meet the DM and the SSP to demand immediate arrest of all suspects and adequate security to Dalits.
On Tuesday, Mayawati met the victims of caste clashes and held the BJP government responsible for incidents of violence in the state. She, however, advised Dalits not to take law in their hands and called upon the people of all castes to work for peace and harmony.
Saharanpur district has 26% Dalit population spread across villages and 10% Thakurs. In Shabeerpur village, the total population of the village is 4,000 that includes 2,500 Thakurs and 600 Dalits. This lop-sided ratio worries the Dalits.