Rahul Gandhi reaches violence-hit Saharanpur with Raj Babbar, Ghulam Nabi Azad

Heavy force has been deployed in Saharanpur since violence broke out on May 5. On Friday, the Centre provided two more companies of RAF to the district administration.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2017 3:19 pm
sahranpur, sahranpur clashes, sahranpur violence, sahranpur dalit violence, sahranpur dalit clashes, rahul gandhi, congress rahul gandhi, congress, india news Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi leaves for Saharanpur. (Source: ANI)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reached Saharanpur Saturday afternoon to meet Dalit families affected by caste-based violence even as the local administration and UP police had denied him permission to visit the violence-hit western UP district citing law and order issues. 

UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad are with him.

Congress’s Saharanpur district chief Sashi Wali, who had sought permission for Rahul’s visit, told The Indian Express on Friday: “The district administration denied permission, but Rahul Gandhi will come to Saharanpur tomorrow.

District Magistrate Pramod Kumar said “I have denied permission to all political leaders interested in visiting Saharanpur. I have asked the Congress district president to arrange for the visit after the situation becomes normal.”

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh said when BSP chief Mayawati went to Saharanpur, the situation worsened, so the administration has taken the preventive decision to not permit Rahul to visit.

Mayawati had visited Saharanpur and met those affected by the caste-based violence that took place earlier this month, however, shortly after she left fresh clashes took place leading to the death of a 24-year-old Dalit youth and injuring many others on Tuesday, May 23.

The BSP supremo attacked the Yogi Adityanath government alleging that “casteist forces” in the BJP and the RSS had been given a free hand to misuse official machinery and harm social brotherhood in the state. Mayawati said ever since the BJP came to power in UP, the law and order situation had deteriorated, as was the case in other BJP-ruled states. “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.

Heavy force has been deployed in Saharanpur since violence broke out on May 5. On Friday, the Centre provided two more companies of RAF to the district administration in addition to the two companies of RAF that are already stationed there.

On Thursday, the Centre sought a report from the UP government on the continuing violence in Saharanpur. The Home Ministry asked the for details of the incidents which began last month, and steps that had been taken to restore and maintain peace in the west UP district.

On May 5, one person was killed and at least 15 others, including a police officer, injured when members of two caste groups, Thakurs and Dalits, clashed over loud music being played during a procession. Clashes again broke out on May 23, and one person was killed and four injured. On Wednesday, May 24, three more people were injured in a round of fresh violence in the district.

The state government on Wednesday suspended the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police, and the Divisional Commissioner and the Deputy Inspector General were transferred out. Internet and mobile SMS services were suspended in Saharanpur to prevent the spread of rumours, which could potentially spark more trouble.

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  1. N
    Jun 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    Congress is and was a MUSLIM party since independence.
    1. A
      Anuradha Kalhan
      May 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm
      Welcome to the Gangs of Aditya Nath! Slightly more wild than the Gangs of Modiji and Amitji. But then after all its UP.
      1. I
        May 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm
        Arrest all three, and beat them like hel in jail. No one will mind it .
        1. S
          sujaya misra
          May 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm
          What a . Anything for a photo op. He's really shameless. Doesn't he get it that he's got to stop floating off abroad and having a good time, when 90 of the people he hopes to lord it over simply can't afford it. What job has he ever had. If theres a law saying don't come, he knows he can get maximum publicity by flouting it. Pathetic So going by this every Indian should now flout any and every law that they find inconvenient and say if he can why can't we. But ordinary citizen doesn't have a bunch of security paid by our taxes to ensure this silly man is kept safe. Outrageous.
          1. R
            May 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm
            Who is not flouting the law? Is Gau Rakshak not flouting the law? Did not karsavek flout the law? Didn't Gujarat govt. flout the law? Isn't media flouting the law? It is important opposition leaders to visit the effected areas and know first-hand what really is happening in such sensitive locality. So that the govt. cannot suppress / side with one particular group.
          2. L
            l s
            May 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm
            Arrest this no good son of India, and keep him in jail for atleast 48 hours. This Amul Baby Rahul, thinks people are fools. Arrest and call his mama to take him back to his cradle.
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