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1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

The communally sensitive region of Saharanpur has been rocked by inter-caste violence since April.

The officials were removed for their inability to control the tense situation.

The BJP leader got so riled up that he with his party inmates thrashed the police officer to an extent that he was left all bruised up. This was allegedly marred by some stone-pelting between Dalit and Thakur boys, the news of which reached Shimlana, where over 3,000 Thakur community members were awaiting the procession's arrival.

He claimed that though hundreds of upper caste youth have been involved in clashes against Dalits, only 32 have been arrested so far.

Mayawati during her visit held the BJP-led UP government responsible for the violence and alleged that the ruling party had failed to stop its own brigade from attacking weaker sections. Senior district administration officials have been suspended.

Condemning the attacks on Dalits in Saharanpur which resulted in one of them being killed and around 12 others injured, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sanjiv Balyan on Wednesday criticised the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and asserted that they trying to politicise the matter. The police have launched a massive search operation and more than 20 people have been charged with incitement of violence, according to Hindustan Times.

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The state government also announced compensation of Rs 15 lakh to the relative of a person who was killed during this incident.

No fresh violence was reported as of Wednesday afternoon. "Peace had been restored in Saharanpur but the former chief minister's visit led to tension followed by the unfortunate incident where one person has died", the statement said. In the last few weeks, there have been several clashes between Dalit and Rajput groups.

According to reports, the BJP city president Shivendra Gupta had visited the Kotwali Thakurdwar police station to register a complaint. The march, which was brought together by an organisation known as the Bhim Army, saw participation of All India Students' Association, and various other groups.

Mayawati snapped back by saying that neither she nor any leader of her party was linked to the Bheem Army - a regional outfit accused of stoking the fires between the Dalits and the Rajputs.

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

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