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Dalit activists protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar after Saharanpur incident

Even though police permission was denied to them, Dalit activists came in hundreds to Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest against the alleged atrocities committed by upper caste people and police in Saharanpur. These people belonged to different Dalit groups, but they protested under a common cause. The police had denied permission since Jantar Mantar has a limited capacity and there are already other protests being staged at the location. One of the prominent Dalit groups, named Bhim Army, had a large number of its members joining the protest. The founder of Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar, was also present during the protest. It may be recalled that Chandrashekhar is wanted by Uttar Pradesh police in connection with instigating people.

The Saharanpur incident started on May 5 after the Dalit community raised objections against the loud music being played by a Thakur-led procession on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap. In the clashes that followed, a Thakur man was killed. This is alleged to have infuriated the Thakur community, who came back with a crowd of some 2000 members and burnt and ransacked an entire Dalit community. Around 15 people were injured during the violence.

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