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A group of Dalits threw stones at Rajput’s homes in Shabirpur area before former chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s visit.

Uttar Pradesh government has deployed four senior officials and additional policemen in western UP’s Saharanpur district which saw a fresh round of caste-clashes in which one man was killed and several injured.

Reports say that a group of Dalits threw stones at some Rajput’s homes in Shabirpur area before former chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s visit. The intervention of senior police officials avoided an immediate flare up. Fresh clashes broke out when Thakurs from the area attacked a truck carrying Dalits from the rally. A Dalit man was killed in the skirmishes and two were critically injured.

Following the violence, at least five additional companies of police forces have been rushed to the spot.

The state government put the blame on Mayawati’s visit for the fresh outbreak of violence. She was visiting Shabirpur, where clashes between Dalits and Thakurs occurred earlier this month.

“It was expected that the visit of the former chief minister would help restore peace in Saharanpur but this has not happened and it’s sad. Peace had been restored in Saharanpur but the former chief minister’s visit led to tension followed by the unfortunate incident where one person has died,” UP government said in a statement.

UP Police chief Sulkhan Singh refused to comment on the statement and said, “I may not allow politicians to visit Saharanpur”. He visited Saharanpur a few days ago and promised to bring back peace.

Saharanpur has witnessed several major caste-clashes in last three weeks, the latest making it the fourth one. 30 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.

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