Addressing a press conference, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati reacted to the allegations about BSP having links with BHIM army and said that the party members in Saharanpur believed that the said Dalit Army was completely a product of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ANI reported. She said that her brother and other senior leaders of the BSP have no connection with the Bhim Army. She added that her party condemned the allegations against them. Earlier, a CNN News18 report had quoted an intelligence report stating that the BSP controlled the Bhim Army, which had been accused of inciting violence. The report also states that the 9-page report, which had been prepared by the Uttar Pradesh Police and the local intelligence currently rested with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
According to the said report, Mayawati’s brother was in contact with the chief of the Bhim Army, Chandrasekhar, via a third party. The report further states that the BSP supremo had sought special permission to visit Saharanpur by a helicopter. Although, it did not provide any detailed information about the sequence of events since last month. Meanwhile, mobile Internet and other messaging services had been suspended in the district on Wednesday night. In order to trace the Bhim Army Chief Chandrasekhar, the police have also put 25 phones under surveillance.
Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath-government on Wednesday transferred Saharanpur’s District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police for failing to control the spread of violence in the region. According to reports, the clashes between the Thakurs and the Dalits in the region had first been reported in Shabbirpur village in the month of April when the former had allegedly stopped the Dalits from installing a statue of B R Ambedkar inside the Ravidas temple.