In view of fresh violence in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP has fired the area’s top police officer and top bureaucrat. The decision to remove the officials has been taken, as it is being presumed that they failed to control the situation, even when the area was already declared a sensitive zone. In the last few weeks, there have been several clashes between Dalit and Rajput groups. In the latest incident of violence, one Dalit man was killed and around 20 injured. The incident occurred after a rally was held in Shabbirpur by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati. Shabbirpur is the village in Saharanpur, where earlier an upper caste man was killed around a month back.
The latest violence occurred when houses of around 12 Rajput families were burnt on Tuesday by unidentified persons. This incident occurred ahead of Mayawati’s rally in Shabbirpur. After Mayawati’s rally got over, a group of sword-wielding men attacked a vehicle that was carrying BSP supporters. The attackers also had guns and when they fired, a 24-year old Dalit man was killed. This incident sparked even more unrest in the area with rioters filling the streets, throwing stones and forcing the shops to shut down. Sources said that action could be taken against more police officers and bureaucrats for not handling the situation effectively.