Saharanpur violence: Centre seeks report from UP govt over inter-caste clashes

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the continuing violence in Saharanpur in which two people had been killed and several others injured.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the state government to provide details of the incidents which started last month and the steps taken to restore peace in the western Uttar Pradesh district, official sources said.

File image of a damaged car after a clash in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. PTI

File image of a damaged car after a clash in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. PTI

On 5 May, one person was killed and at least 15 people, including a police officer, were injured as members of two caste groups clashed over loud music being played during a procession.

Clashes broke out again on 23 May, leading to the death of one person and injuries to four people.

Three people were injured in fresh violence yesterday in the district, which has been witnessing inter-caste clashes since April.

In view of the continuing violence, the state government yesterday suspended the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police. The Divisional Commissioner and the Deputy Inspector General were transfered out.

Internet and mobile messaging services were also suspended in the district to prevent the spread of rumours which the administration feared could spark trouble.

Updated Date: May 25, 2017 18:44 PM

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