The Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday sacked Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Saharanpur Subhash Chandra Dubey and District Magistrate (DM) NP Singh over their inability to control the situation after fresh violence hit Saharanpur on Tuesday evening, as per news agency ANI. According to PTI reports, an official spokesperson said that the Deputy Inspector General(DIG) and Divisional Commissioner of the area has also been transferred. SSP Dubey, according to ANI, on Wednesday morning assured that 24 people have been arrested so far in connection with the fresh caste violence between Dalit and Rajput communities. Reacting to the development, Union Minister Sanjiv Balyan was quoted by ANI as saying: “BSP trying to politicise the matter. Appeal to people to maintain peace, culprits won’t be spared.”
An official spokesman told PTI, “SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey and District Magistrate N P Singh have been suspended while Divisional Commissioner N P Agarwal and DIG J K Shahi have been transferred.”
“While Bablu Kumar has been posted as SSP, Saharanpur, Pramod Kumar Pandey will be the new DM,” the official added.
According to reports, the violence started after BSP chief Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur due to a public meeting in Shabbirpur village. One person was killed and at least 13 others were injured in violence that hit the area on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, Mayawati attacked the Yogi Adityanath government for the violence in the area. She alleged that “casteist forces” in the BJP and RSS are one of the main reasons behind such caste-based violence in the society. She also said the neglect on the part of the administration was the reason that “BJP supporters” could target Dalits and unleash violence in the area.
As per PTI, Mayawati said that ever since the BJP came to power in UP, law and order 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.
The Congress also hitout at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for ‘failing’ to protect Dalits and also demanded an independent probe into the violence and cases against top police and civil officials of the district. It also demanded to set up a special court to try the cases to ensure time-bound justice, alleging that such attacks were a result of a mindset among some people who believe that they have a ‘licence to kill’.
Meanwhile, the UP government today announced it will provide Rs 15 lakh as compensation to the family of a man killed in the caste violence and Rs 50,000 each as compensation to those injured.
The violence started on May 5, when a Dalit group had objected to a procession of Thakurs in Shabbirpur village to mark the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap. In the ensuing violence, one person was killed and 15 others were injured. Dalits allege that upper caste Thakurs had earlier prevented them from installing a statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on the premises of the Ravidas temple inside the village.