Amid continuing spate of caste-related violence in Saharanpur, Uttar Pardesh government has called the incidents ‘well planned conspiracy’ adding that strong action is being taken against elements responsible for it.
“Some elements are not able to digest the good work being done by the state government and trying to disturb the atmosphere, an official release quoting the chief minister said.
“Strong action is being taken against all those responsible, including the officers,” Adityanath said.
The chief minister also expressed hope that a new team of district officers would be able to restore normalcy within 24 hours.
In a bid to calm tempers, the state government had sent State Home Secretary Mani Parsad Mishra and ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra to Saharanpur. The bureaucrats went door to door in Shabbirpur village, epicentre of violence, appealing for peace and order, Indian Express reported.
Mishra apologized to both communities for failure of the police and assured them of action against those who did not perform their duty.
“I have worked with many governments. I can assure you that Yogi ji (Adityanath) is true to his word. He has sent me to listen to your problems and sort them out,” he told a gathering in the village.
Earlier, About 400 personnel of the Rapid Action Force were sent to Saharanpur… following a request of the Uttar Pradesh government.
The central forces were sent after an initial report to the home ministry detailed two deaths and injuries to 40 people in clashes.
Taking note of the violence in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday suspended the superintendent of police (SSP) and district magistrate (DM) posted there while transferring the divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general (DIG).
“SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey and district magistrate N. P. Singh have been suspended while divisional commissioner N. P. Agarwal and DIG J. K. Shahi have been transferred”, an official spokesman told PTI.