- Lawmaker Yogesh Verma from Meerut has been detained
- He has several cases against him, including murder attempt and assault
- Mayawati has declared support for Dalit protests against top court order
Yogesh Verma, who represented Meerut's Hastinapur in the state assembly, has been detained. He is the "main conspirator" of the violence in the Dalit protests on Bharat bandh, news agency ANI quoted Manzil Saini, a senior police officer from Meerut, as saying.
Meerut was one of the key towns that witnessed violence that seared five states on Monday, as Dalits hit the streets. In a string of towns across Uttar Pradesh, protesters bent on arson clashed with the police. Two men died -- one in Meerut and one in Muzaffarnagar -- and at least 45 policemen were injured in the violence on Bharat bandh, reported news agency Press Trust of India. The government sent around 200 Rapid Action Force personnel to Meerut. Personnel were also sent to Agra and Hapur.
Yogesh Verma was one of the 200 people detained. The 48-year-old lawmaker has a number of police cases, including that of attempt to murder, assault and rioting against him.
The government on Monday filed a petition urging the court to review its order. Ms Mayawati said, "The review petition filed in the Supreme Court was critical, they took a lot of time to file it. Had it been done in good time, people wouldn't have had to come to the streets."
The government said the matter is being "politicized".
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