Rahul Gandhi to visit strife-hit Saharanpur despite being denied permission

May 27, 2017, 10:15
Rahul Gandhi to visit strife-hit Saharanpur despite being denied permission

Slamming the opposition after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was denied to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that the former is a master in political tourism and photo ops which is why he chose to visit Saharanpur. UP administration had denied permission to Rahul's helicopter to land in Saharanpur.

The State Government spokesperson and Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh told reporters here on Wednesday morning that the situation was under control.

The Congress party had on Thursday said Adityanath was nobody to stop Rahul Gandhi from visiting Saharanpur.

"The permission was denied, citing law and order problem".

"The district administration denied permission, but Rahul Gandhi will come to Saharanpur tomorrow. But anger and hatred will not convert into jobs or solutions", Rahul said in a tweet.

UP Home Secretary Mani Parsad Mishra said clashes had been reported off and on in Saharanpur over the past few years.

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Gandhi was supposed visit Saharanpur to take stock of the prevailing situation. Asked if he or any of his party leaders have visited the villages where the tensions prevailed following clashes, Yadav said, "The question is not about who visited the places, the question that should be asked is why are these incidents happening".

Meanwhile UP government has announced compensation for the deceased and the injured persons.

"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 stated.

"Four companies (about 400 personnel) of the Rapid Action Force have been sent to Saharanpur. following a request of the Uttar Pradesh government", a PTI report said, quoting Home Ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad.

Shabbirpur village has become the hotbed of clashes between Dalits and Thakurs or Rajputs, which led to the death of a Dalit man earlier this month.

"The district administration of Saharanpur did not allow Dalits to install a bust of Ambedkar, while the procession to mark the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap was taken out without any permission", Mayawati had said. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence.

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