A violent clash broke out between the police and a group of Dalits, allegedly belonging to the Bheem Army, in the Ramnagar area of Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur on 9 May.
The mob had called a mahapanchayat and had blocked roads to protest the violence in Shabbirpur last week. When the police intervened and asked them to refrain from holding the mahapanchayat, the mob turned violent and allegedly set vehicles on fire. Around 10-12 bikes, a car, and a private bus were set ablaze.
Police claimed that the people had been asked to disperse because they had not taken permission from the district administration for the mahapanchayat.
At least six policemen and an additional district magistrate were injured when they were allegedly attacked by Dalits after security forces scuttled a mahapanchyat called to protest the lack of action against Thakurs involved in last week’s clashes.Many were also injured in the ensuing lathicharge and the rubber bullets used by the police to disperse the crowd. Dalits claimed that at least 100 people were injured.
Saharanpur Senior Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand Dubey said the rioters pelted stones and opened fire on officers using country-made pistols. Chief Minister Adityanath, who was in Meerut, has asked Inspector General Meerut Zone Ajay Anand to bring the situation under control.They also vandalised the Ramnagar police post and torched a bus near Nazirpura village on Meerut road. A group of Dalit youths also thrashed passersby, eyewitnesses said.