SC/ST court summons UP, Central officials over 2017 clashes | India News

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MEERUT: Over four years after violent Dalit-Thakur clashes at Shabbirpur in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, the special SC/ST court has issued summons to the secretary, Union ministry of social justice and empowerment; secretary, National SC/ST Commission; chief secretary and DGP of UP, the director and chief secretary of the social welfare department, the district magistrate and SSP of Saharanpur for not providing adequate compensation to Dalits and the kin of the dead. Saharanpur MP, Haji Fazlur Rehman of BSP, has also been summoned.
This came after the petitioners, survivors of the caste violence, alleged that the authorities violated the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2016, which provides for a range of compensations to Dalits of caste violence. These compensations, in the form of jobs, funds, rations, homes, etc, have not been provided to 56 survivors of the Shabbirpur violence, the petitioners had said.
On May 5, 2017, clashes broke out between Thakurs and Dalits that left one person dead and scores injured in Shabbirpur. Later, 56 houses belonging to Dalits were torched. The violence erupted after Dalits objected to the playing of loud music during the Maharana Pratap jayanti yatra taken out by Thakurs.
Petitioner Dal Singh said, “As per the 2016 SC/ST Act, each Dalit who suffered during the of Shabbirpur violence would be entitled to Rs 8.25 lakh compensation. But they were given only Rs 3 lakh.”

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