Saharanpur LIVE updates: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited riot-hit Saharanpur region in Uttar Pradesh even though he was denied permission from the district authorities. The region has seen widespread caste-based clashes recently. About 40 days ago, violence broke out in Saharanpur following a procession to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. On May 5, a person was killed and 15 people were injured in clashes between two communities. Since then, the Centre has sent more than 400 anti-riot police personnel to Saharanpur to help the state restore peace in the region.
Here are live updates:
4.00 pm: “Government has failed on law & order in UP. Everybody in the country who is not powerful is scared & this is not the way to run a country,” Gandhi said.
4.39 pm: “Jammu Kashmir is burning, we had brought peace in Kashmir, Narendra Modi ji is providing foothold to treasonists in J&K. (J&K jal raha hai, hum shaanti laaye thay J&K mein, jo deshdrohi shaktiyan hain unko Narendra Modiji J&K mein foothold de rahe hain),” Gandhi added.
3.40 pm: “I am going back on administrations instructions, as soon as the problem will be solved, they will take me to the village (Mujhe administration ne kaha hai isliye main wapas ja rha hun, jaise hi yahan samasya theek hogi wo mujhe gaaon mein le jaayenge),” R Gandhi said.
3.30 pm: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has reached the riot-hit Saharanpur. Speaking to media Rahul trained guns at PM Narendra Modi for unemployment and J&K crisis.
3.07 pm: As per the inputs, Rahul Gandhi will reach Saharanpur in some time, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar will accompany him.
2.50 pm: Rahul tells police: Don’t say that you could have stopped me at the border.
2.38 pm: Uttar Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi, along with GN Azad & Raj Babbar, reaches UP-Haryana border
2:00 PM: Rahul Gandhi has reached the UP-Haryana border according to a report by Republic TV.
1:20 PM: Rahul Gandhi will be stopped at Saharanpur border if he tries to enter the district: ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra was quoted saying by PTI.
1:10 PM: According to a report by Republic TV, Rahul Gandhi has crossed Karnal and is likely to reach Saharanpur in next 30 minutes.
12:35 PM: “They cannot suppress the voice of the poor, Dalits and Adivasis of this country. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party will continue to speak,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. “Nobody will be able to stop Rahul from reaching out to the victims of the violence which have been perpetrated at the instance of BJP gundas,” he added.
11:50 AM: Speaking to Republic TV, the Uttar Pradesh DGP has clarified that Rahul Gandhi will not be allowed to enter the region.
11:28 AM: Rahul Gandhi is on his way to Saharanpur along with GN Azad and Raj Babbar. He will go through Karnal:
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10:48 AM: According to a report by Republic TV, Rahul Gandhi is there to meet the victims of Dalit riots.
10:30 AM: Yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order Aditya Mishra had requested all political parties to steer clear of the violence-hit area until the situation returns to normal. “We have requested all political parties not to visit the state until the situation is brought back to normal in Saharanpur,” Mishra told ANI.
10:15 AM: “Efforts are being made to restore law and order and bring out the state from the ‘jungle-raj’, mafia and ‘goonda raj’. But you must have seen that wherever these efforts were visible, at the same time conspiracy was hatched to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere,” UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday.
10:00 AM: “Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has not been given permission to visit Saharanpur,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Saharanpur, Bablu Kumar.