When a death, rumour lit Saharanpur spark

3 FIRs registered, village pradhan among 17 arrested.

Written by Abhishek Angad | Saharanpur | Published:May 7, 2017 4:34 am
saharanpur clash, saharanpur violence, thakur-dalit, dalit-thakur violence in saharanpur, shabbirpur, india news, indian express In one of the Dalit homes in Shabbirpur, Saharanpur. Around 22 Dalits were injured in the clash on Friday and a Thakur died, reportedly of suffocation. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

On Saturday afternoon, 85-year-old Parmal Jatav and his 80-year-old wife Tungli sit outside their half-burnt house, staring at the smoke billowing out of the haystack. Inside, the room is bare, except for a few soot-covered utensils. The couple said their two sons had been admitted to the district hospital with injuries. “Kuchh nahi bacha, beta (There is nothing left, son),” says Tungli. “Ab is umar mein kya karein (What do we do at this age).”

Across Shabbirpur, a village in Saharanpur district that was the site of a clash on Friday afternoon between Dalit and Thakur communities and which saw the death of a Thakur, there are similar stories — of a pregnant woman who had jumped off the first floor of her house, of Dalits and Thakurs who had fled the village, of women and the elderly who were attacked. And sights — ransacked grocery stores, a buffalo with burns, charred remains of TV sets, motorcycles and utensils in the Dalit homes.

Around 15 Dalits, who were attacked allegedly by the Thakurs with rods and other sharp objects, are currently undergoing treatment at the Saharanpur district hospital and around 22 Dalit homes stand charred. Police said three FIRs have been registered and 17 people — 11 Thakurs and six Dalits — have been arrested so far. Among the Dalits arrested is village pradhan Shiv Kumar. The Station Officer (SO) of Badgaon police station, under whose jurisdiction the village falls, has been sent to the district lines.

The two communities had clashed over a procession that the Thakurs wanted to take in honour of Rajpur ruler Maharana Pratap. Thakurs in seven villages in the area, including Shabbirpur, were to take out separate processions that were to end in Shimlana, a neighbouring village. Before the procession could start in Shabbirpur, the Dalits allegedly objected to the loud music being played by the Thakurs. Villagers say they were already upset with the Thakurs for allegedly preventing an Ambedkar statue from being installed in the village.

Saharanpur Range DIG Jitendra Kumar Shahi said the SO of Badgaon police station was informed and he went to the spot to stop the music. However, this irked the Thakurs, who called the Thakurs of Simlana village and soon, a crowd of 50 people gathered in the area. “Then, a few people from the Jatav community pelted stones at the Thakurs and there was chaos. Amidst all this, one person named Sumit Rapjput collapsed. Though the initial medical report says he died out of suffocation, his death set off rumours that the Jatavs had killed a Thakur. Soon, more Thakurs from nearby villages poured into Shabbirpur – there were more than 500 of them,” said Shahi, adding that the mob started ransacking Dalit homes and “torched a few”.

Dalit families, however, disagree that they pelted stones at the Thakurs. They say that most of the Dalits work as labourers on land owned by Thakurs and that they would never have attacked them.

Kamla Devi, 50, who is in the emergency department of the district hospital with a deep cut below her eyes, says, “The Thakurs used caste slurs against us and ransacked our Baba Ravi Das temple. They even broke the glass casing of the idol and desecrated our God.”

Shyam Singh’s house was among those torched. He now lies in the emergency ward, nursing severe injuries. “I had gone to drop one of my relatives up to the main road. While I was on my way back, I saw a group of people pouring petrol on a few houses and setting them on fire. When they saw me, one of them rushed at me with a sword and slashed my hand. Others started beating me,” he says, adding, “We are the ones who work hard on their (Thakurs’) fields… how could they beat us?”

There are around 3,000 voters in this village, of whom 600 are Dalits.

DIG Shahi said that apart from three FIRs, they are in the process of registering a few more. “We have filed three FIRs so far – one based on the complaint of the father whose son died, a Thakur whose leg was broken in the incident, and of police vehicles that were damaged. We have got some complaints from the Jatavs and we are in the process of registering some more FIRs,” he said.

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    Babubhai Vaghela
    May 8, 2017 at 8:25 am
    BJP Goonda Raj. No Development. # ModiSarkar.
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      Jay Smith
      May 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm
      So much Hatred Hindu -Muslim-Dalit -suvarn. Are those who spew this venom on paper any different from those who shed blood . Take a breather and condemn the animal inside us and learn to live like humans first.
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        mumbai
        May 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm
        dalits only helped BJP to win. Without their help BJP can not win. Whatever happens is broutherly fight only. muslims shall keep away from this.
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          Kamalakanta
          May 7, 2017 at 4:30 pm
          UP State election is over ?
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            sahil
            May 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm
            so dalits should realize the folly of voting for the savrnas
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              Kamal Pasha
              May 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm
              India has became the kil fields. Everywhere BJP paid vigilantes are issuing their own decrees, failure to obey them is death sentence. These types of crimes are on the rise in every states.
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                Rabi Bhushan Sharma
                May 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm
                Thakur objected installation of Ambedkar's statue and the Jatavs protested loud speakers blaring to celebrate Maharana Pratap Jayanti. The violent Thakur-Dalit clash in Saharanpur district of UP should open the eyes of those who have bought the idea that the saffron politics has sold to gullible people. It is not difficult to realize that what has been offered as a counter to secular politics is a cosmetic make up of the caste-ridden society to create a fear psychosis among the two dominant communities of north India. It is time that the people realize the game-plan of the saffron parties who were never supportive of inclusive Inida and who are -bent to damage societal interdependence. We must rise to save India from the demons.
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                  anon
                  May 7, 2017 at 11:37 am
                  Jungle raj under dongi. Yogi
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                    Saurabh
                    May 7, 2017 at 10:57 am
                    Thanks IE for exposing thakurs Doble standards.
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                      RANA
                      May 7, 2017 at 9:33 am
                      lami swines commenting on violence and blaming HINDU religion should first read the satans book dictated by satans paedophile prophet (peace do not be upon him may he rot in Dojakh forever) which contains 109 verses on violence and how to kill those who do not believe in satan. satanic cult responsible for most deaths in human history.
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                        Mohammad Dar
                        May 7, 2017 at 9:52 am
                        hindu filthy rona of a hindu ignorant hog of hinduism racism by faith Rana, Conflict among Muslims is of nothing else but of the hind crime of hinduism racism by faith, practiced by the Shia hogs of hinduism racism of the Persian origin, and true Muslims, believers of human equality are fighting to eradicate hindu criminal menace of hinduism racism, propagated by the hogs of hinduism racism by faith, self proclaimed Ayatollah, commandment of Allah, the merciful, to fool humanity, even though Islam does not recognize racism nor permits it in any shape or form, because every human being is a result of Ayatollah, commandment of Allah the merciful, and equal in rights and accountability, in this life and here after, accountable for their deeds equally. Know Islam first, and than make a point, otherwise it seems to be of a hindu ignorant person, speaking of not the truth, but of his hindu ignorant soul, like a hindu hungry dog.
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                          Aadis
                          May 7, 2017 at 10:12 am
                          Mr Sangi RANA, the at ude your peoples showing is a clear sign of Peace haters and don't blame other religion for it. All your leaders are criminals and fraudster. So kindly solve your religion issues before you jump on others .
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                          1. M
                            mumbai
                            May 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm
                            did your great g father read those verses? did your g father read those verses? did your father read those verses? did you read those verses? anyway all the above keep on tel this for centuries still could not do anything. You teach your children the same thing and to the coming generation. let them cry on it every day.
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                            rajan
                            May 7, 2017 at 9:07 am
                            Hail the thugs of Hindostan; Modi, Bhagwat, Yogi & Shah Pehalwan.
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                              Jayanand Rao
                              May 7, 2017 at 8:49 am
                              rrespectve of the castes, all people in these villages should be fined and trouble monger's should be deported for a year from the village
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                                Mohammad Dar
                                May 7, 2017 at 8:59 am
                                Why?, it is their village and, they have every right to defend themselves from hinduism racism, have some human brain, hindu hog of hinduism racism by faith, accuser of victims of hinduism racism as a guilty party. They are human like any one on earth, and deserving of human equality, not as a favor but a right to serve justice on the culprits of hinduism illegality by all means,including you, for shooting your hindu filthy mouth, in disrespect to the truth of justice.
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                                  Indian
                                  May 7, 2017 at 9:29 am
                                  The HINDUS of India and even the MUSLIMS who opted for India in 1947 are better off than the PA-KI MUSLIMS who live as per QURAN, SHARIA and HAD-IT. ........... SHIA and SUNNI MUSLIMS are KI-L- each other in PA-KI-STAN, AF-GHA-NISTAN, IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, YEMEN, BAHRAIN etc- all together more than ONE LAKH (1,00,000) killed in 2016 and more than TEN LAKH from 2012. .......... So go preach to them. ISLAM'S MU-HAM-MAD has been the cause for maximum KI-L- in the world for the last 1300 years.
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                                    VS
                                    May 7, 2017 at 11:55 am
                                    Admit it buddy, your has been burnt brittle by the Army in Kashmir. Lose the hate, not for Kashmir, not for India, but just to relieve yourself from the acidic mornings!
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                                  Mohammad Dar
                                  May 7, 2017 at 8:01 am
                                  What is wrong with you followers of hinduism racism by faith, with no free will, time to rise up in droves, and arm your self to be free from the hinu filthy chains of hinduism slavery, you are not any less of any one, but better, for having so much suffring , for so long, in service of hindu criminal hogs of hinduism racism by faith, time to say, enough is enough, and do jihad, to free your self from the hinduuism injustice, imposed since the ages, having nothing to do with any faith, but greed of few, not of the local origin, but hindu criminals of Persian and Egyptian origin, not long ago, but long enough to suffer under the injustice of hinduism racism by faith, rise up and empower your self with the sword of justice, and, tie the hogs of hinduism racism, on the end of laash, held by one of your own, to teach him a lesson, in humanity, he is deprived of, by uming himself of, not of as human but of an animal, self centered monkey, to act like his hindu criminal way by faith.
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                                    Indian
                                    May 7, 2017 at 9:01 am
                                    HINDUISM has CASTE problems which HINDUS are accepting and working to change it. BUT MUSLIMS who have been fighting and KIL each other for more than 1380 years - SHIA - SUNNI KIL S - for something that happened in 632AD after death of MU-HAM-MAD has very less reasons to preach to HINDUS. .......... Muslim anger against HIN-DUISM is Legitimate as ISLAM could "SUBJUGATE" ANCIENT Egyptian, Persian, Afghan etc CIVILISATIONS but the HINDU CIVILIZATION prevented ISLAM from taking over INDIA.
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                                      Mohammad Dar
                                      May 7, 2017 at 9:27 am
                                      I wish if you ever knew cause of war between shia and Sunis, Shias do not believe in human equality but, a hindu fabricated hinduism racism, by using noble family of the Noble messenger of Allah (Pbh) the Merciful , Racism has nothing to do with Islam, but with hinduism racism of the hindu racist Persians, inducted as a cast system prior to arrival of Islam, in the sub continent, hind crime of hinduism racism is neither of the subcontinent nor of the Islam but belief of hogs of hinduism racism by faith, of Persia and Egypt, and a crime against humanity. hindrance to truth hinduism racism has no place among humanity but, among animals.
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                                        Indian
                                        May 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                                        Muhammad Sab, Caste System exist in ISLAM too and is approved by QURAN. Quran 9:100 says- First and foremost were Al- Mujahirin, then Ansars and then all the rest Muslims. .... This verse was used to put down the CLAIM of ANSARS on leadership of Muslims on death of Mu-ham-mad and get ABU BAKER appointed Caliph ....................... That is why INDIAN MUSLIMS are treated like SH@T by ARAB MUSLIMS.
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                                          Mohammad Dar
                                          May 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm
                                          None sense, prove it, not just make it up, There is no word mentionrd as cast in Quran, Hidth or Sunnsah, no need to lie, to justify hind crime of hinduism racism, part of faith of Islam.
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                                        FuckFaustinoSahafi
                                        May 7, 2017 at 7:38 am
                                        Thakur died of suffocation, another one's leg fractured by god. Police vehicles torched by unknown.And innocent dalit were attacked by 500 thakur using swords and sharp edge weapons . But no dalit died.Stop this biased reporting.
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                                          lakshmi das
                                          May 7, 2017 at 7:16 am
                                          here we go--hindus--grea hindus. caste--no problem mon. so long as you agree with me, I believe in democracy. how did peopleelect bjp atall? strange. butofcourse, bjp [r s s ] is living up to their re tion reaping what we sowed. wen rape is investable, better enjoy it. and no crying.
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                                            AntiWahhabi
                                            May 7, 2017 at 6:19 am
                                            Surprised to see no comments. This news has no value to our pa trolls
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