Caste riots are very common in India in which the lowest caste, untouchable Dalits are often in the receiving end of getting beaten and murdered. Last week there was a riot between upper caste Thakurs and the Dalits in Sharanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP). With a new Hindutvadi chief minister for the UP, upper caste Hindus feel empowered to carry out their fascist agenda.
The district has witnessed caste clashes over the past month. In another recent incident, members of two communities clashed in village Doodhli during an Ambedkar Jayanti procession. Later, an angry crowd, led by BJP MP and MLAs barged into the residence of the then Saharanpur SSP, Luv Kumar, and damaged his name plate and the CCTVs installed there.
Cases were registered against BJP leaders and others who were a part of the mob, and Kumar was transferred to Noida.
On Saturday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati expressed concern over the clash and accused the Yogi Adityanath government of “saffron appeasement”.