Lawyer-led Bheem Army behind Saharanpur violence

Javier Howell
May 13, 2017

District Magistrate N.P. Singh and Senior Superintendent of Police Subhash Chandra Dubey rushed to the scene of violence with reinforcements and took control of the situation, officials said.

Dalits alleged that the police refused to give them permission to hold a meeting to seek compensation while permission was given to the Thakurs to wield swords and take part in a procession.

Singh said it seemed to be a "planned exercise, considering the men indulged in violence in five-six areas across the city simultaneously".

The angry crowd even set a police station on fire, along with police vehicles. Some vehicles belonging to mediapersons were also targeted.

Members of the "Bheem Army" went on a violent spree after the police tried to clear a park of protesters as they did not have official permission for the demonstration.

A group of media persons yesterday protested against the Bheem Army and submitted a memorandum to the Tehsildar, Behat, demanding stern action against the group and its spearhead. Two police officials have reportedly suffered head injuries.

Saharanpur was rocked by fresh violence on the occasion of Maharana Pratap Jayanti on Tuesday.

Attempts to contact Chandrasekhar on phone did not fructify.

The SSP said Rampur Maniharan police have arrested 11 persons for stone pelting on vehicles on the Saharanpur highway.

In Saharanpur, there has been violence and clashes between Thakurs and Dalits since May 5 with instances of stone pelting and clashes followed by torching of a police post and over 20 vehicles on Tuesday.

In April, the police had registered FIRs against local BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma and around 300 other unidentified protestors, after clashes erupted during a rally organised to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Sadak Dudhli village in the district.

Two senior police officers were suspended and 30 people were arrested in Saharanpur, which has witnessed violence thrice in the past three weeks.

Other reports by Insurance News

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