Lawyer-led Bheem Army behind Saharanpur violence

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A lesser-known Dalit group led by a lawyer- “Bheem Army” – actively used social media to rally protestors and allegedly orchestrated Tuesday’s violence here in which a police post was set on fire and a number of persons were injured, district authorities said today.

Bheem ArmyDistrict officials said the group was enraged over members of the Thakur community allegedly clashing with Dalits and torching their houses in Shabbirpur village on May 5 after they refused to allow a procession to mark the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap.

Some of those who were injured in the May 5 clashes and recuperating at the district hospital here said their community members objected to the procession as upper caste Thakurs had earlier stopped Dalits from installing a statue of BR Ambedkar on the premises of a ‘Ravidas Mandir’ in the village.

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