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Saharanpur Violence: UP Police Register Two FIRs Against BJP MP Lakhanpal

The Uttar Pradesh police have registered two FIRs against the BJP MP from Saharanpur Raghav Lakhanpal and 300 unnamed people in connection with Thursday's violence in Janakpuri area of district.

Pranshu Mishra | CNN-News18

Updated:April 22, 2017, 10:18 PM IST
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Saharanpur Violence: UP Police Register Two FIRs Against BJP MP Lakhanpal
Saharanpur: Police in action after a violence broke out during an Ambedkar Jayanti Shobhayatra in Saharanpur on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)
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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police have registered two FIRs against the BJP MP from Saharanpur Raghav Lakhanpal and 300 unnamed people in connection with Thursday's violence in Janakpuri area of the district.

Meanwhile, the situation is fast returning to normal, two days after the clashes between two communities broke out on the insistence of the BJP MP to carry out a procession on Ambedkar Jayanti. Janakpuri is a communally sensitive area and processions through this route had been banned for the past 7 years.

The newly-appointed DGP of Uttar Pradesh Sulkhan Singh said that those responsible for these clashes will not be spared even if they are associated with the ruling party in the state. "The message from the chief minister is clear: deal tough with anybody who takes law into his own hands."

The charges include IPC sections 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) among others, Saharanpur SSP Love Kumar said.

The second FIR has been registered in connection with the protest outside the Senior Superintendent of Police's residence in which a CCTV camera was damaged and his "nameplate removed", he said, adding the FIR was registered with charges similar to the first one.

The SSP further said in both the FIRs it has been mentioned that local MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma was present at both the spots. No arrest has been made so far.

The rally was taken out on Thursday to mark BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary in Sadak Dudhali village was allegedly objected to by members of a community who started pelting stones. MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma and SSP Kumar were among several people who suffered injuries in the ensuing stone pelting from both the sides. Some other policemen were also injured.

Following this, police reached the spot and pacified both the groups. However, the MP along with his supporters reached outside the SSP's official residence and started protesting demanding conduct of the rally and suspension of the Senior Superintendent of Police.

They damaged a CCTV camera outside the SSP's residence after which police personnel from nearby areas were deployed there.

The SSP had said permission for the rally was not given by the administration. A flag march was carried out on Friday in the village.

(With PTI inputs)

| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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