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Saharanpur unrest: Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit violence-hit district

India TV Politics Desk Lucknow 26 May 2017, 15:01:55 IST
India TV Politics Desk

The Saharanpur district authorities on Thursday refused permission to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to visit the strife-torn district. 

Rahul was scheduled to visit Shabbirpur village, where Dalit houses were torched on May 5 in caste-based violence, tomorrow. 

"Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has not been given permission to visit Saharanpur," said Senior Superintendent of Police, Saharanpur, Bablu Kumar. 

Kumar replaced SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey, who was suspended on May 24 in the wake of clashes in the district. BSP chief Mayawati had recently toured the village and lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government for "failing to maintain law and order" in the state. 

Saharanpur has witnessed widespread caste-based clashes his month. 

Violence first broke out in Saharanpur about 40 days ago following a procession to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. On May 5, a person was killed and 15 people were injured in clashes between two communities. 

About a dozen police vehicles were set ablaze and 12 policemen were injured on May 9. 

On May 23, another person was shot dead and two others were wounded, following which the government suspended the SSP and district magistrate and transferred the divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police. 

The fresh violence took place soon after BSP supremo Mayawati's visit to Shabbirpur village.

The Centre has sent 400 anti-riot police personnel to Saharanpur to help the state restore peace in the region. 

Meanwhile, taking a veiled shot at Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, which is completing its three years in office today, Rahul tweeted, "When they fail to deliver they divide & distract. But anger and hatred will not convert into jobs or solutions."

(With PTI inputs)