1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

Posted May 25, 2017

The Yogi Adityanath government blamed the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati for the fresh violence on Tuesday.

Police sources said the attackers fired their guns and wielded batons, allegedly killing Ashish (24), who hailed from Sarsawa town, on the spot and injuring four others.

"Kshatriyas inflicted atrocities on Dalits and the administration was complicit in the deed". She said that her party condemns Shabbirpur incident and alleged that Yogi Government is anti-dalit.

Members of the Bheem Army, a Dalit group, had on May 9 torched a bus and set a number of two-wheelers afire after the administration had turned down their request to hold a mahapanchayat in Gandhi Park to demand compensation for those affected in the May 5 inter-caste clashes.

Taking note of the violence in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government today suspended the Superintendent of Police (SSP) and District Magistrate posted there while transferring the Divisional Commissioner and the Deputy Inspector General (DIG).

"Such incidents are happening and what is worrisome in Saharanpur incident is that administration is silent, have been mute witnesses, they have not prevented, they have not stepped in and they have not ensured that the law is activated against the victims", he added.

Mayawati announced Rs 50,000 for Dalits of Shabbirpur whose houses were burnt and Rs 25,000 for those whose standing crops were damaged. Before her visit there was stone pelting at a settlement of the Rajputs and some houses were set on fire. Earlier she visited Badaun when two dalit sisters were allegedly raped and murdered three years back in 2014.

"Otherwise, it will be hard to contain the anger of Dalits", they said, cautioning the government against a backlash from the community if its right are not protected. "It does not augur well for development of Uttar Pradesh", he told reporters here.

Days later, on 5 May, the Dalits retaliated at the Thakurs while they were on their way to garland a statue of Maharana Pratap.

"BSP is trying to politicise the matter". At least 24 people were arrested as clashes broke out between two communities.

Thousands of activists had swarmed Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday to protest against atrocities on Dalits in Saharanpur.

The chief minister has made an appeal to the people to maintain peace and has also sought cooperation from opposition parties, he said.