LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: ON a day when the Supreme Court refused to grant urgent hearing on a plea seeking a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into recent incidents of caste violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on Friday denied permission to visit a village in the trouble-torn district.
An apex court vacation Bench comprising justices L Nageswara Rao and Navin Sinha said there was no urgency and the PIL calling for a SIT may be heard after the court’s summer break. The Bench was hearing the PIL filed by lawyer Gaurav Yadava saying that judicial intervention was required in the case.
The plea has also sought a direction to the State government to compensate families which lost their members and those who sustained injuries and lost properties.
“To direct the State of Uttar Pradesh to constitute an SIT to investigate the matter under the supervision of sitting judge of High Court and to grant compensation to all who died and sustained injuries and whose articles were burnt and stolen from their houses,” the plea stated.
“It is pertinent to mention that the police resorted to lathi charge on innocent people and around 100 villagers sustained injuries in the lathi charge but their cases are not registered against perpetrators who have burnt the houses and looted valuable articles after trespassing,” the plea said.
The petition, filed against the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government, also alleged that around 40 people were still missing and more than 5,000 were affected by the violence.
In the wake of the caste conflagrations during the last few days, the authorities on Friday denied Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi permission to visit the trouble-torn Saharanpur district. The Congress leader was contemplating a visit to violence-hit Shabbirpur village in the district on Saturday.
According to Saharanpur SSP Babloo Kumar, the Congress leader was denied permission to visit the village to avert any untoward incident.
BSP chief Mayawati had visited the strife-torn village last Tuesday following which there was a fresh flare-up between the two warring factions. In the fresh spell of violence, two persons were shot dead and about a dozen others were injured.
Consequently, the State government cracked down on the district authorities and suspended DM N P Singh and SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey.
Violence first broke out in Saharanpur on April 20 following a procession to mark the Ambedkar Jayanti.