Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saharanpur violence: Yogi Adityanath government calls clashes 'well-planned conspiracy'

Saharanpur violence: Yogi Adityanath government calls clashes 'well-planned conspiracy'

The Uttar Pradesh government must urgently bring to justice those responsible for recent caste-based violence and attacks against Dalits in Saharanpur district, in which two men have been killed and several injured.

The UP government, however, has held out hope that a new team of district officers in the region would succeed in restoring normalcy in the district within 24 hours.

In view of the continuing violence, the state government yesterday suspended the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police.

On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh government had denied permission to Gandhi to visit the villages where caste conflicts since May 5 have left at least two dead and over two dozen others injured.

Internet and mobile messaging services were suspended to prevent mischievous rumours from being spread.

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On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi reached Saharanpur around 3.30 p.m. along with Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar before walking for about half a kilometre to meet the violence affected. However, he conceded that the incidents had not attained the magnitude that was witnessed over the last month, beginning from April 20.

The district magistrate told that there was no official order for the villagers to clean up and added that a programme was organised to promote cleanliness and stop open-defecation.

He said that "in the next 24 hours, the situation is likely to become normal and those responsible for the violence would not be spared and no innocent would be made a scapegoat".

"It was also witnessed that since April 20 violence, the intensity of such incidents has been on a rise and somewhere it has been felt that there was something lacking in the police administration", he said.

The home secretary's visit comes against the backdrop of criticism that the Yogi Adityanath government, which came to power on the plank of improving the law and order situation in the state in March, hadn't been able to deliver on this promise.

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