Dalit-Jat clash leaves one dead, dozens injured

Last Updated : 20 June 2017, 12:13 IST

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After Saharanpur, sectarian violence rocked Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district in which one person was killed and around two dozen were injured.
According to the police sources here, members of Dalit and Jat communities clashed at Gejha village in the district following a dispute over a trivial issue on Monday night.
Police said that violence sparked off after a youth of Jat community allegedly made an objectionable remark on a Dalit man, who was passing by.
The alleged comments triggered a violent reaction from the Dalits of the village, who attacked the house of the Jat youth. Around two dozen people from both sides were injured in the clash.
A Jat youth, identified as Pintu Chaudhary, who had suffered serious injuries, died in the hospital late in the night triggering tension in the village.
Two persons have been arrested in connection with the killing, the police said adding that security personnel in strength had been deployed in the village to prevent clashes and maintain law and order.
Senior police and civil officials have also rushed to the village to monitor the situation.
The neighbouring Saharanpur district had also witnessed large-scale clashes between Dalits and Thakurs that left three dead and scores others injured.
The opposition parties attacked the BJP regime in the state for what they alleged not ensuring the safety of the Dalits. ''Dalits do not feel safe in this government...there have been several instances of attacks on the Dalit community in different parts of the state since Yogi Adityanath assumed charge of the state,'' said Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav.
Published 20 June 2017, 12:13 IST

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