Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Director General Aditya Mishra has denied Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi permission to visit Saharanpur, according to ANI. Saharanpur has recently been in the news for caste-based violence which resulted in the death of a Dalit man. However, according to Times Now, Gandhi has reportedly indicated that he will visit Saharanpur despite the travel restrictions imposed on him by UP police. Times Now had reported that Rahul Gandhi will lead a delegation of Uttar Pradesh Congress leaders to Saharanpur.
UP Congress President Raj Babbar had visited Saharanpur but he himself pointed out that his visit did not have much effect, according to the Indian Express. The Congress has raised the demand for the arrest of all accused in the case. The party also wants special courts to be set up for a speedy trial in the case and has called for action to be taken against officials of the district administration and police forces.
In the past, Rahul Gandhi has visited Una, Gujarat after Dalit men were flogged by cow vigilantes. Rahul had also been in the limelight during a candlelight vigil to mark Rohith Vemula’s birth anniversary, according to the Indian Express.
Clashes had occurred in Saharanpur between Dalits and Rajputs earlier this month. Dalits were allegedly attacked by men from the Rajput community after they were returning from a public meet hosted by BSP supremo Mayawati in Saharanpur, according to an ANI report. 16 people were injured in the clash between the two communities.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates over violence between the two communities, as per an ANI report. The state government has already sacked District Magistrate Nagendra Parsad Singh for his inability to control the clashes.
The State Government has announced a compensation of Rs15 lakh to the relatives of the person killed during the incident, those injured will be given Rs 50,000 by the state government, according to the Indian Express.