Saharanpur violence: Police carry out raids, arrest 17 for rioting
The police have lodged an FIR against 10 identified and over a hundred unidentified people and are carrying out raids to arrest them.Updated: May 07, 2017 20:12 IST
Police have arrested 17 people on charges of rioting during the birth anniversary celebrations of Rajput king Maharana Pratap in Shabirpur village of Saharanpur in which one person was killed and at least 15 others, including a police officer, were injured.
Brother of Shabirpur village head is among the accused who have been arrested. The police have lodged an FIR against 10 identified and over a hundred unidentified people and are carrying out raids to arrest them.
SSP, Saharanpur, Subhash Chandra Dubey said the situation was under control and additional force had been deployed in and around the village to maintain law and order.
Violence broke out on Friday when members of the Thakur community from Shimlana village took out a procession to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap.
When the procession was passing through the predominantly Dalit village of Shabirpur, residents objected to the allegedly raucous celebration, triggering an exchange of heated words.
When the Dalits lodged a complaint, the incharge of Badagaon police station asked the members of the Thakur community to stop playing music.
The altercation led to a full-blown clash with both the groups pelting each other with bricks and stones.
A stone fatally hit a 25-year-old Thakur man Sumit. Enraged over the death, Thakurs from neighbouring villages gathered at Shabirpur and set over two dozen Dalit houses on fire.
SSP SC Dubey and district magistrate NP Singh rushed to the spot with heavy force and dispersed the rioters.
The police carried out raids on Friday night to arrest rioters from both the sides.