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Tension in Saharanpur after Bhim Army leader’s brother shot dead on Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Agencies: The situation in Saharanpur is getting tenser by the minute after Bhim Army regional president Kamal Walia’s brother Sachin was shot by unknown assailants. The victim was rushed to the district hospital but he could not be survived.

The Bhim Army had warned residents from celebrating Maharana Pratap Jayanti, leading to 800 police personnel being deployed at the Maharana Pratap Bhawan. The administration, too, was cautious in its approach and only have 200 people permission to celebrate the occasion.

Sachin’s family members are now claiming that the administration got him killed by giving permission to celebrating Maharana Pratap Jayanti. Last year, Dalits and Rajputs had clashed during the festivities leaving one person dead and 16 others, including one head constable, injured.

In 2017, tensions were at its peak in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages after members of the Dalit community protested against a procession being led by the Thakur community through a Dalit temple of Saint Ravidas without prior permission of the local administration. The conflict had caused several Dalit houses in Shabbirpur to go up in flames after the Thakur community allegedly set fire to homes in retaliation to the protests.

The main challenge for administration at the moment is to diffuse the situation. Heavy security force has been deployed at the Malhipur road under Sadar Bazar police station. Earlier, after last year’s conflicts, permission to celebrate Maharana Pratap Jayanti was denied by the police and administration but later rescinded after the Kshatriya Community threatened to boycott the Kairana bypolls.

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