Saharanpur caste clashes: Shabbirpur village pradhan, three others arrested
Thakurs torched more than 50 hutments of dalits in the village on May 5. Many people sustained injuries in the violence.lucknow Updated: Jun 04, 2017 18:15 IST
A month after caste violence rocked Shabbirpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, police on Sunday arrested the village pradhan for his alleged involvement in the clashes in which Thakurs have been accused of targeting Dalits.
Three young men -- Raju, Lukka and Sonu -- of Ambhetta Chand village were also arrested for their alleged involvement in the attacks on Dalits after a rally of BSP chief Mayawati in Shabbirpur village on May 23.
The arrests came in the background of Dalits alleging that the administration as favouring the Thakur men who were involved in the violence.
Saharanpur’s senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bablu Kumar said that pradhan Shiv Kumar was named in the violence of May 5 which broke out in the village over the Thakur community taking out a procession in honour of Maharana Pratap.
One Rajput youth Sumit Rana died in the clashes and in retaliation Thakurs torched more than 50 houses of Ddalits in the village. Many others were injured in brick-batting.
Shiv Kumar’s 23 year-old-son also sustained multiple injuries and had to undergo four surgeries. The pradhan’s brother was arrested by police on the night of May 5 but Shiv Kumar escaped. He was arrested from Badagaon area on Sunday morning.
On May 23, a group of unidentified miscreants attacked a group of people returning to their houses after attending Mayawati’s meeting. Ashish of Suankhwri village died in the attack and eight others were injured.
The SSP claimed that three arrested men have revealed the names of those who ambushed and killed Ashish. Bablu Kumar said they had also named 15 other people involved in the May 23 violence.
Police also have also identified more than 10 men of Shabbirpur and Ambhetta Chand villages who were sent to the jail for no fault.
“We have been working to ensure their release from the jail so that their future would not be spoiled,” said Kumar, who claimed that their families had been informed that their cases would be withdrawn soon.
They were arrested in the aftermath of the violence on May 5 and May 23.