1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

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Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh government had suspended the Senior Superintendent of Police and District Magistrate of Saharanpur in view of the continued violence in the district.

Home Secretary Mani Prasad Mishra, who was part of the team sent by the Chief Minister to Shabbirpur, where over 20 people were also injured in sword attacks, told IANS that adequate security deployment has been done.

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.

"This is a very sad story".

A state of high alert has been sounded across Uttar Pradesh and all sit-ins, protests and demonstrations have been banned.

The Congress demands that a special court be set up to try the cases and under the provisions of the Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Act charge sheets be filed against the accused within 60 days and the verdict comes within 120 days, he said.

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The police have detained over two dozen people in the district and deployed government forces in huge strength to contain the situation and prevent situation from worsening.

The Dalits were particularly unhappy that they had been prevented from installing a statue of Ambedkar. "Ever since BJP came to power in the state, law and order and crime control has deteriorated as in other BJP-ruled states and the saffron brigade has got a free hand to carry out communal and casteist activities to harass people.everyone needs to remain vigilant", she said. "Bhim Sena is actually BJP sponsored Outfit which the saffron leaders used to spread hatred and later making political mileage out of it", further claimed Mayawati adding that only due to closeness with the saffron leaders, the local administration and even the government so far took no action against the Bhim Sena or it's leaders. While the police denied them permission, the dominant Thakurs, who outnumber the dalits, also objected to it.

Around 20 days ago some community members were attacked in Shabirpur village and mobs burnt down almost 30 houses and caused serious injuries to many Dalits, he claimed.

Akbar, a 50-year-old fruit-seller, said Dalits were attacked by upper caste Hindus with spears, sticks and handguns as they were returning to their homes after attending Mayawati's rally.

The Congress party also demanded that the Chief Minister should immediately convene a meeting of the Vigilance and Monitoring Committee to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. The Thakurs of the area, however, opposed it, and the local administration did not allow it.

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