- Senior officials, additional policemen rushed to violence-hit areas
- UP government says Mayawati's visit to Saharanpur triggered violence
- UP police chief says 'won't allow politicians in Saharanpur'
According to reports, a group of Dalits allegedly threw stones at the homes of a few Rajputs in Shabbirpur before BSP chief Mayawati's rally, which led to the tension between the two communities. However, senior cops intervened to avoid a major flare up. The fresh clashes broke out when a truck carrying Dalits back to their village from the rally spot was attacked, allegedly by Thakurs in the area. A Dalit man died in the clashes and two were critically injured.
At least five additional companies of police forces have been rushed to the area after the violence.
The Uttar Pradesh government has blamed former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati's visit to the area for the fresh violence on Tuesday. Mayawati was visiting Shabbirpur, a village where clashes between Dalits and Thakurs earlier this month led to the death another Dalit.
Refusing to comment on UP government's statement blaming Mayawati, UP Police Chief Sulkhan Singh said, "I may not allow politicians to visit Saharanpur". Mr Singh had visited Saharanpur a few days ago and promised to restore law and order soonest.
"We are still investigating the exact circumstances of the death whether it has anything to do with the rally," said Anand Kumar, the senior-most officer of the Meerut Zone of the UP police.
The violence on Tuesday is the fourth major incident of caste clashes in Saharanpur in the last three weeks.
Two senior police officers have been suspended and 30 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
On Sunday, thousands of dalit rights activists, led by a western UP group called the Bhim Army, gathered at Delhi's Jantar Mantar to protest against caste-based violence in Saharanpur. Around 5,000 people participated in the protest despite being denied permission by the Delhi Police.