Thakurs vs Dalits in Saharanpur: One killed, 25 houses set ablaze

Officials said the clash was the latest incident in a three-month-old dispute between the two communities over the installation of an Ambedkar statue in the village.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published:May 6, 2017 5:41 am
 saharanpur, saharanpur violence, saharanpur clashes, thakurs-dalits, rajput-maharana pratap, ambedkar statue, thakur, dalits, one killed in saharanpur clashes, india news, indian express A Maharana Pratap procession sparked clash on Friday. (PTI photo)

A 35-YEAR-OLD man was killed, 16 persons seriously injured and at least 25 houses torched after clashes broke out Friday between members of the Thakur and Dalit communities in Shabbirpur village of Saharanpur in UP following a dispute over a procession in memory of Rajput ruler Maharana Pratap.

Officials said the clash was the latest incident in a three-month-old dispute between the two communities over the installation of an Ambedkar statue in the village. They said that while Shabbirpur is dominated by Dalits, the neighbouring Simlana village is a stronghold of Thakurs.

Police said the injured were rushed a local hospital where Sumit Rajput of Rasoolpur village in the area was declared dead. All the houses torched were those of Dalits in Shabbirpur, they said.

”Sumit had gone to Simlana to take part in a function to garland the statue of Maharana Pratap. His autopsy report states that there were no injury marks on his body and that death was caused by suffocation,” said Jitendra Kumar Shahi, DIG (Saharanpur range).

Local police said four separate FIRs have been lodged against Dalits in Shabbirpur on different charges, including murder and attempt to murder, on the basis of complaints lodged by Thakurs. None one has been arrested so far.

Shabbirpur village pradhan Shiv Kumar and his brothers are among the accused, said police. No complaint has been received so far from members of the Dalit community in the village, they said.

Subhash Chandra Dubey, SSP (Saharanpur), said tension rose in Shabbirpur after Thakurs in the village moved towards Simlana in a procession, with loud music, to attend the function. The procession was organised without official permission, he said.

Narendra Singh Rana, Circle Officer (Deoband area), said the procession was moving towards Simlana when Dalits in Shabbirpur, including village head Shiv Kumar, objected to the “loud music”.

According to police sources, Kumar called up Manoj Singh, sub-divisional magistrate of Rampur area, and local police to complain about this. By the time, police and the SDM rushed to the village, the groups had engaged in a minor clash, they said.

“Police pacified people from both sides and convinced members of the procession not to proceed,” said sources.

However, Rana said, some members of the procession later called Thakurs from Simlana to inform them about the development. Soon, around 300 Thakurs reached Shabbirpur with sticks and “sharp-edged weapons” and clashed with the Dalits, he said.

”The police force was outnumbered and attacked, too” said Rana.

Police from Badgaon station, under whose jurisdiction the villages fall, said that as tension escalated, around 2,000 Thakurs reached Shabbirpur and set fire to 25 houses belonging to Dalits.

”An additional police force, which was moving towards Shabbirpur, was stopped by Thakurs at Maheshpur village on the way. The miscreants had parked vehicles on the road to block police. It took around two hours for reinforcements and the fire brigade to reach Shabbirpur,” said Mahendra Pal, Station House Officer, Badgaon.

Officials said the fire tenders took several hours to douse the flames while the police force, including the SSP, DIG and IG (Meerut Zone), struggled to disperse the rioters.

When contacted, SDM Manoj Singh said, “The dispute between the two groups had been going on at Shabbirpur for the last three months… The Dalit community’s objections over the procession was a sequel to that incident.”

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    Mallikarjuna Sharma
    May 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    The caste system and caste conflicts in India are age old and will recur repeatedly. Only in the modern times new awareness and need for a casteless and classless society is spreading. If the government impartially tries to further that ideal and takes to task whoever culprits on whichever side in such riots and proves itself strictly impartial I think the situation will improve a lot. In the instant case, culprits and suspects of both the communities should be strictly dealt with and law should take its own course. It seems Thakurs are the belligerent community but the person killed seems to be on their or their supporters' side. A thorough investigation and strict action per law needed.
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      h.r.arya
      May 8, 2017 at 10:37 am
      gair dalit are veryverybahadur their bahadury ka matalabhai ki garibon ko marana pitana aur garibon ka ghar jalana en bahadur gair daliton ka jad le jald nash gka jai.iswar trahimam'trahimam.
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        anwarullahkhan
        May 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm
        Since the new safforan came in power the gunda elements starred their head and targeted muslim or dalit. This will go very wrong message in country .where is there law and order? Police is also very helpless because they have seen the gundagardi of hundu yuva vahini at the residence of SSP Saharanpur . no action has been taken against Lakhanpal but govt. transferred the honest officer. Is it true justice? Nothing will held they will repeat the same other part of country where the bjp ru govt. ate exict. The country is passing passing in very crucial time
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          Sukhanand
          May 7, 2017 at 1:16 am
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            Syed Muniruddin
            May 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm
            Regardless of the cir stances, it is the Government's duty to maintain law and order. The least it can and should do now is to help rebuild the burnt out houses in Shabbirpur.
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              pavan
              May 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm
              Shameful racist and caste biased attack by so-called "upper castes" on Dalits of this country. This was going on from thousands of years in India. When will Dalits have equal respect, status, rights etc in this those society. The entire power structure in India is concentrated in the hands of few so-called upper castes who cons ute less than 5-10 of population. Majority of the MLAs, MPs, Ministers, CMs, people in Judiciary, Press, Control business etc are in the hands of "upper castes" and rest of society is at its mercy. When informed earlier why police had not acted in time to save Dalits being attacked and their houses burnt in Saharanpur ? Who stopped them from doing there duty? A detailed police investigation ordered and monitored by Supreme Court of India can only help in ensuring justice in this case.
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                suvir kaushik
                May 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm
                IT IS NOT BJP OR YOGI ADITYANATH, IT HAS BEEN THERE FOR MAY BE CENTUARIES,  MY GREAT G  FATHER USED TO MUTILATE THE FINGERS IF THEY JUST ITCHED     THEIR THIGHS,IN FRONT OF HIM, THE TRUTH WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY G FATHER WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD ,        BACK IN 1963, IT USED TO HAPPEN IN MANGALOR,  DISTT. ROORKIE, I FEEL SO              ASHAMED,AND ASK FOR FORGIVNESS FROM THE     SONS  AND DAUGHTERS OF ALL        THOSE WHO WERE TERRORISED BY MY OWN        G  FATHER (PAR DADA), BECAUSE WE ARE SUFFERING FOR THOSE KARMAS IN    OUR OWN WAY , AND REALLY REPENT, THANKS, KAUSHIK, NORWAY
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                  secure
                  May 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm
                  Dalit are shameless people, they always live dirty they eat pigs they are not part of Hindu fold. Brahma created for some reasons to clean other caste dirt. They should live out of the villages. Reservation of Dalits in the jobs are creating problem for beloved nation, government should remove immediately. Ambedkar is not a god to make his statue and dalit should not be allowed to worship Ambedkar he is just normal man get born in dalit community, our political leaders had given him chance to make cons ution in order to uplift dalit, but at the cost of Hinduism principles.
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                    Devendra Mohan
                    May 6, 2017 at 8:21 pm
                    Your father is my puppet & your Mother is my Pimp. She used to wash my Toilet.
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                      Sonu
                      May 7, 2017 at 10:03 am
                      Open eyes and look around you...Who eating pigs...And you saying dalits are not Hindus... To tu mujhe bata kya Dharm h hinduon ka..jakar Apne BAAP dadaon se Kyun ni puchta Jo election k time par Hindu Bana dete hain or mandir me ghusne par dalit... why are you not deciding who we are..
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                      Maryada ambedkar
                      May 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                      ये लोग दलितों को सिर्फ राजनीती के लिए यूज करते हे और वोट के लिए दलितों को हिन्दू मानते हे। लेकिन सच तो यह हे की दलित हिन्दू नही हे। अगर दलित हिन्दू होते तो ठाकुर (हिन्दू) दलित को नही मारते।। जय भीम
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                        M. AHMAD
                        May 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm
                        NOW OLD AGE FIGHTING BETWEEN CASTE AND RELIGION COMING INTO FORE. WHICH SHOWS THE UGLY FACE OF INDIA IN THE RULE OF BJP. CAN INDIA SUSTAIN ALL THESE SATANIC HUSS HUSS?.
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                          M. AHMAD
                          May 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm
                          WHY POLICE FAILED TO DIS THE MOB? WHY NOT THEY USE FORCE? THIS IS THE CLEAR SIGN OF POLICE FORCE TO BE BIASED WITH ON COMMUNITY. AND THE WAY MOB PREVENT THE FIRE BRIGADE AND POLICE FORCE TO REACH THE BURNING SPOT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT IT WAS PRE PLANED IN WHICH 25 HOUSES OF DALIT COMMUNITY BURNED.
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                            h.r.arya
                            May 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                            dalits vs gair dalits saharanpur is blackes stigma in the face of modern bharat. hope justice will be given to garibs of the villagers of saharanpur.
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                              ajit singh
                              May 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm
                              84 hindu(dalit and so called lower caste) should teach these s an unforgettable lesson. we have to unite agaist them to end this centuries of barbarism
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                                Sujatha Selvam
                                May 6, 2017 at 11:15 am
                                The media is not tel the truth. What we get from these media is nothing but BJP version story, bundle of lies, whimsical and fallacious. A free media is need of the hour. The situation is worst than the Emergency. The opposition is dead now. They are also remain as silent spectators. Bad days ahead for BJP government. Anti-people government never last long in the history.
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                                  Sujatha Selvam
                                  May 6, 2017 at 10:34 am
                                  Yogi Adityanath's government should take the blame and compensate the Dalits.
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                                    rajan
                                    May 6, 2017 at 9:42 am
                                    Adityanath showing his true colors. Under BJP, there cannot be peace between Hindus& Muslims, Hindus& Dalits, Hindus& Christians etc etc. I think Adityanath is a Thakur. Why shall they not be emboldened with his hand on their backs. It's just the beginning, wait& watch with bated breath for more episodes of the kind. UP has made the choice; it must bear the cost. India is becoming increasingly intolerant under the onslaught of saffron hawks
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                                      Damodar Biswal
                                      May 6, 2017 at 11:17 am
                                      It seems u have conveniently forgotten the good work of the YOGI,sir.May be u r too biased to appreciate his good work.Learn to appreciate good work n condemn bad work.Your comment shows that u want to see only bad things.
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                                        Damodar Biswal
                                        May 6, 2017 at 11:19 am
                                        These r bad for the society.All citizens of the society r equal irrespective of their caste ,creed n religion.However,this may be an isolated case n will be taken care of by the administration.
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                                      vector 1617
                                      May 6, 2017 at 9:01 am
                                      Dalits themselves are responsible for such incidents.Untill they will not stop considering themselves as Hindus such things are bound to happen.They are living in a foolish world.They are first to worship Ram and Krishna,without knowing any context. This "Upper" caste and "lower" caste tag will never vanish from our 'Hindustan'. Dalits should stop indulging in Religion,Caste & Politics debate and should start focussing on economic development. Money is the ultimate power,because everything is 'bikau' in this most racist country of world.
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                                        Rahul
                                        May 6, 2017 at 9:19 am
                                        Who is your master, slave? vatican or mecca?
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                                          ab nair
                                          May 6, 2017 at 10:27 am
                                          And who is your master you dumb .
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                                            vector 1617
                                            May 6, 2017 at 11:54 am
                                            I don't believe on god,allah,ram,asaram,modi,kejriwal or rahul.I believe on my eyes and my guts.I have read Gita ,what about you.I am the master of myself and not a part of psychopathic crowd like you. In the above comment I have not criticized anyone. rather tried to give a solution,but the people like you find there life in hatred and ing.
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                                            Aadis
                                            May 6, 2017 at 9:56 am
                                            Why blaming Dalits for the incident as Thakur Gundas went to attack them. Who has given licence to burn their Homes ? Why this common people taking law in their hand. Now India has become the most intolerant country in the world under this useless rulers.
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                                              Sukhanand
                                              May 7, 2017 at 1:29 am
                                              Dude I'm a Dalit , I'm a huge devotee of lord Shiv ji and I'm a pure vegetarian... every Dalit is a Hindu ... what the u talking about , I clearly didnt get u... how can someone abuse u with a caste ? Ben , jab dhange hothe na, log (so called upper caste) ghar meh chupjathe hey... we are the one who fight n saved many hindu's in Hyderabad... cuz im one of them... but from now, I won't fight for any moron, if u guys separate us, we will get separated . Thank u
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                                              Amit C
                                              May 6, 2017 at 8:52 am
                                              Lawlessness catches its next victim category!!
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                                                Kabir
                                                May 6, 2017 at 8:35 am
                                                No FIRs against the thakurs?
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                                                  anil
                                                  May 6, 2017 at 9:32 am
                                                  ha! are you kidding my friend. ...
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                                                  iftiindian
                                                  May 6, 2017 at 7:54 am
                                                  Dalits are in the fools paradise, they think that Hindu will accept them as brother. Dalits are killed, almost half village gutted and police stopped midway yet four FIR have been registered against DALITS. This the gift in return of their VOTE to RSS which is the mother organization of all the militant organization of upper cast. Dalits and backward cast should shed the impression that upper cast will ever accept them as human, the are tolerating you as long as their purpose is served. So beware of RSS and its affiliates.
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                                                    Rahul
                                                    May 6, 2017 at 9:21 am
                                                    Ooh...such a revelation? Of course christians and muslims are accepting them as 'brothers'...maybe thats why high caste say s and sheikhs would not touch a pasmanda muslim with a barge pole, and ditto with syrian christians not even considering dalit christians...
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                                                      anil
                                                      May 6, 2017 at 9:40 am
                                                      Guys like you are full of it....an unfortunate sad incident has occurred, our country people, whatever caste or strata of society they may belong to , have lost life and property in a mindless senseless violence, and you guys are ridiculously indulging abusive insult
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                                                        Mohammad Dar
                                                        May 6, 2017 at 11:13 am
                                                        Sure in hindu filthy mind set of hogs of hinduism racism by faith, speak for your self hindu filthy d og of hinduism racism, every one is accepted in faith of human equality and equal accountability, in truth of Islam, with right to chop the head off of hindu criminal snakes in human form of any label. Watch out for solder of IS, you may not have some thing on shoulders any more, called hogs head, on human body, a hindu filthy es, with in itself, without any comparison.
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                                                        kranti
                                                        May 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm
                                                        Agreed !
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                                                        Madarchod mohammad
                                                        May 6, 2017 at 7:44 am
                                                        o Islamic express, can u stop mentioning community names here, just like you mention when Islamic terrorists are involved in a crime. What is the purpose of writing "thakur Vs salute". Is this journalism ? Do u mention "Sunni Vs Shia" or "Hindu Vs Muslim" ?
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                                                          Loveall
                                                          May 6, 2017 at 7:58 am
                                                          Ur first name defines u aptly !!!! :-)
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                                                            Mohammad Dar
                                                            May 6, 2017 at 8:01 am
                                                            Who does not like truth? none other than a hog of hinduism racism, living off of blood of the poor, by playing game of hinduism racism, known as hinduism crime against humanity, hinduism racism, as a faith, deserving of no respect, but total eradication from the face of the earth, including dogs of hinduism racism, in human form hindus , followers of a hog of hinduism racism, rap ist of his baby sister Ra m, to justify hind crime of hinduism racism, for his hindu chil dren of hinduism inc est by faith.
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                                                              Indian
                                                              May 6, 2017 at 8:12 am
                                                              Indian Express Please Put filter mechanism in place in your comment segment , so no anti-human can put their comment. Abusive language is not acceptable in any case, in any society. Pl ensure only civilized human comments can be publish in your comment box. Please ensure....
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                                                                Mohammad Dar
                                                                May 6, 2017 at 8:38 am
                                                                Sure truth is an abusive language for the hogs , self centered in human form, no need to be in hindrance to truth follower of hindrance to truth hinduism racism by faith, because it is not a faith but a hind crime wrapped in a hindu ugly wrapper of religion, to fool humanity, deserving of a day in court, before eradication of hind crime of hinduism racism and their hindu ugly , self centered hogs, in human form .
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                                                                  Framak
                                                                  May 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                                                                  Dar english, write english
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                                                                  Osama khan
                                                                  May 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm
                                                                  Your ing religion of hijdaism always teaches to torture dalits, first dalits were standing the idols of Ambedker then this all s of Akbar came and break the idol of ambedker and now they have responded to it same way, then all this s of akbar licking the of police as innocents!!!
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                                                                    Osama khan
                                                                    May 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm
                                                                    Ram suwar ka baccha laxman se apni jungle me marwa ta tha isiliye sita rawan ke bade 10 ande waale ke uper baitker bhag i. ram, kaushalya 10 suwaro se wa ker ram ko paida kiya tha.
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                                                                      Osama khan
                                                                      May 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                                                                      When the son of 100 pigs 🐷 Ram can do partiality between people and divide them as dalits and upper caste people then why this in laws of Mughal king akbar can't do!!
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                                                                        Osama khan
                                                                        May 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                                                                        Ram was he was not able to and satisfy sita with his little and ram use to have ed by laxman and some times also with hunuman that's why sita ran away with big of 10 balls of rawan and have hardcore extreme with rawan and whenever rawan use to sita in monster way sita use to shout and chant. " SHE RAM, SHE RAM"
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