Uttar Pradesh government transfers two police officers after caste-based violence in Saharanpur

Saharanpur : A day after a police post was burnt and over 20 vehicles torched in caste-based violence in Saharanpur, two police officers were transferred on Wednesday from their posts.

Superintendent of Police (City) Sanjay Singh and Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rafeeq Ahmed have been transfered from Saharanpur, official sources said. While Prabal Pratap Singh is the new SP (City), Vidya Sagar takes over from Ahmed.

A damaged car after a clash in Saharanpur on Tuesday. PTI Photo(PTI5_9_2017_000263B)

Over 20 vehicles torched in caste-based violence in Saharanpur after which two police officers were transferred. PTI

Several instances of stone pelting and clashes were reported yesterday from across Saharanpur, which has been witnessing caste-based violence since Friday.

However, peace prevailed in the city on Wednesday. According to police, an organisation of Dalits had sought permission to hold a 'mahapanchayat' on Tuesday in the city's Gandhi Park to demand compensation and relief for those affected in last week's inter-caste clashes.

Senior Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand Dubey said the district administration had not permitted any such gathering. Police acted against the people gathered for the 'mahapanchayat' which led to tension and a stampede-like situation.

Several commuters were manhandled and their vehicles set on fire. Some mediapersons were also beaten up and their vehicles damaged. Police teams were pelted with stones. A police 'chowki' was set ablaze while several police vehicles were damaged.

Protesters also blocked the Chakrota road near Nazirpura while a building was burnt down on Malhipur road. Last week, one person was killed and at least 15 people, including a police officer, were injured as members of two castes clashed over loud music being played during a procession.

The incident led to more violence with brickbats and arson; while 15 to 20 Dalit houses were torched, many vehicles, including those of the police, were torched.

Updated Date: May 10, 2017 13:50 PM

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