Two more people were killed in caste-related violence in Uttar Pradesh's riot-hit Saharanpur district on Wednesday, taking the toll to three in the past 24 hours. The police said the attackers also fired guns, killing a 24-year-old dalit man and injuring four others.
The CPI-M demanded firm action against all those involved in the atrocities against Dalits. Adequate compensation must be paid to those who have suffered losses. "The BJP government and the local administration were behind the Saharanpur incident".
Violence erupted in this volatile Uttar Pradesh district for the second day as unidentified gunmen shot and seriously injured a member of the upper-caste Thakur community, which is embroiled in a bloody conflict with Dalits. "Also, the special court has to deliver the judgment within 120 days", Raju said.
"Saharanpur is a district declared as atrocity-prone which means the administration ought to be on alert to make sure that atrocities on Dalits don't happen", he said.
"The decision has been taken to maintain peace and law and order", he said. "SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey and District Magistrate N P Singh have been suspended while Divisional Commissioner N P Agarwal and DIG J K Shahi have been transferred", an official spokesman told PTI.
"Whosoever has failed in their duties should be punished", he added. However, according to the Delhi Police, there were approximately 10,000 people.
UP chief minister Adityanath has ordered a four-member team to take up the enquiries and visit the spot. "Peace had been restored in Saharanpur but the former chief minister's visit led to tension followed by the unfortunate incident where one person has died", the statement said.
Questions are also being raised on why Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has not visited Saharanpur so far. "We don't believe in instigating violence". "We lost the (UP) election...very badly, but we can not disengage with such issues", a senior party leader said.
The area has been simmering with tension since one person was killed in a clash earlier this month. Saharanpur has witnessed caste clashes multiple times in the recent past.
"In view of the present situation, CRPC section 144 has been invoked to control law and order".
The area has been on the boil since April 20, when a clash between the two communities singed the region.
Following the worrisome Saharanpur clashes, the Congress Party on Thursday said the city was smoldering in the fire of casteism lit by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"Some forces are out to create disturbances in the state as they are unable to digest the welfare steps of the state government in public interest", the Chief Minister said in a statement here.
A state of high alert has been sounded across Uttar Pradesh and all sit-ins, protests and demonstrations have been banned.