Clashes erupt in Sahranpur of UP over a procession

The UP Government has suspended internet services in Sahranpur, heavy police deployment as set up in the area

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New Delhi, June 1

Two groups clashed with each other in Sahranpur of Uttar Pradesh over over a ‘gaurav yatra’ taken out by the latter in honour of the ninth-century ruler Mihir Bhoj.

The government has suspended in Internet services while heavy police force has been deployed in the area. 

The police stated that Rajputs and the OBC Gurjar community clashes with other leading to chaos and violence in the area. 40 people have been arrested for taking out the yatra defying prohibitory orders.

While the Gurjar community said the king belonged to their caste and that they had every right to take out a yatra in his name, the Rajputs said Bhoj was a Rajput king and insisted that no one else would be allowed to take out such a procession.

The police are keeping a close watch on social media and have also appealed to the people not to pay heed to rumours. 

District Magistrate Dinesh Chand imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 and the police denied permission for the yatra.

As per the case details, over hundred people from the Gurjar community assembled in Phandpuri village. Though a police force was already deputed in the area to prevent them, the participants assured the officers that they will return after walking a short distance.

As the yatra marched ahead, the crowd swelled to thousands and continued to move forward, removing barricades and leaving the police struggling to control them. Ignoring repeated police warnings, the crowd completed the full yatra and returned to Phandipur village.

Upset by the yatra, hundreds of members of the Rajput community assembled at the Rajput Bhavan and then took to the streets in Saharanpur staging blockades and bringing traffic to a grinding halt. 

The police have lodged an FIR for causing disturbance of law and order, violence and other charges under various sections of the IPC.

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