Saharanpur violence: UP Police announce bounty on Bhim Army founder

Accused by the administration of inciting violence, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar has become a wanted man. On Sunday, the police announced a prize on his head for his arrest.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2017 20:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Meerut
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File photograph of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar at a protest rally at Jantar-Mantar in New Delhi on May 21.(HT PHOTO)

The Uttar Pradesh Police have announced a bounty of Rs 12,000 for information leading to the arrest of Bhim Army founder, Chandrashekhar alias Rawan, accused of inciting caste clashes in different areas of Saharanpur.

The award was announced by K S Emanuel, the deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Saharanpur range on Sunday.

“Chandrashekher and his men had been charged with setting police check post and many vehicles on fire during violence on May 9. He mobilised his men to gather for a mahapanchayat and when the district administration refused permission, the men went on a rampage, triggering widespread violence in the district,” Saharanpur senior superintendent of police, (SSP) Babloo Kumar said confirming the announcement.

Chandrashekhar had also been spreading hatred among people by misusing social media and evading his arrest for almost a month, he said.

Read more: In Saharanpur, cult of Chandrashekhar grows as Dalit-led Bhim Army takes on Thakurs

Saharanpur has been rocked by a series of clashes between Thakurs and Dalits since May 5 that has left two dead and scores wounded. A lawyer by qualification, Chandrashekhar has been on the run since May 10.

Chandrashekhar addressed a huge Dalit rally in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on May 21 despite a Delhi Police ban on such a rally. He has not been seen after that.

In Saharanpur, Chandrashekhar almost has a cult following among Dalits.

His relatives say his manic quest for ‘social equality’ was driven by the ‘injustices’ experienced by his school headmaster-father during his lifetime.

First Published: Jun 04, 2017 20:54 IST