In a fresh incident of caste-violence, a Dalit man was killed and 7 others were seriously injured while they were on their way home after meeting BSP chief Mayawati in riot-hit Shabbirpur.
Another man died in Mirzapur after upper-caste members attacked him, mistaking him for a Dalit.
The incident took place at Saharanpur district, which witnessed three other major caste clashes in three weeks.
Fresh caste violence in UP
Violence continues, govt announces compensation
The UP government announced a compensation of Rs. 15 lakh for the families of victims in the violence. They also announced a compensation of Rs. 50,000 for those injured in the clashes.
What triggered the incident?
BSP Chief Mayawati was holding a rally at Shabbirpur, where 60 Dalit houses were torched by upper caste villagers on 2 May.
Mayawati's meeting was attended by Dalits and Muslims from all neighbouring areas. They had attacked upper caste houses in Shabbirpur prior to the meeting.
One of the groups returning from this meeting was attacked by upper-caste members who waylaid their truck.
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Situation tense, forces deployed
On hearing about the fresh clashes, Dalits from several villages in the district began protesting and pelting stones, leading to closure of markets and businesses.
The news sparked fresh clashes in several areas. Over 25 people have been arrested.
UP Home Secretary Mani Prasad, ADG Law and Order Aditya Mishra, IG STF Amitabh Yash and DIG Securities Vijay Bhushan were rushed to the district.
Will not let politicians visit: UP Police Chief
UP Police Chief Sulkhan Singh, who had visited Shabbirpur after the earlier clashes refused to comment on whether the incidents were politically motivated. However, he said, "I may not allow politicians to visit Saharanpur."
25 May 2017
Saharanpur violence: Section 144 imposed, internet disabled
Police have imposed Section 144 in Saharanpur in light of the growing caste based violence in the district.
All internet messenger services and social media have been blocked in the district until further orders. Police said troublemakers were using these services to spread rumors and disturb the peace.
Saharanpur District Magistrate NP Singh and Senior Superintendent of Police SS Dubey have been suspended.
26 May 2017
Saharanpur violence: 400 anti-riot personnel sent by Center
The rapid caste violence spreading in Saharanpur from 5th May onwards has killed at least 2 people and left 29 injured.
The Central government sent four companies (approximately 400 personnel) of the Rapid Action Force (anti-riot personnel) to UP on the state's request.
So far, the state police have registered 36 FIRs in the spiralling violence between the Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur.
26 May 2017
Saharanpur riots- Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit Saharanpur
Police have denied permission to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to visit Saharanpur, which is tense after recent communal clashes that killed at least two and injured several.
He was supposed to visit the violence-hit region to take stock of the situation.
Earlier, 400 personnel of the Rapid Action Force were sent to the district to maintain peace.
27 May 2017
Rahul Gandhi sets off for Saharanpur despite no permission
Sources said Gandhi was willing to court arrest if needed.
The leader is being accompanied by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar, and AICC general secretary in charge of UP affairs, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
"They cannot suppress the voice of the poor, Dalits and Adivasis," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
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