LUCKNOW: Despite Section 144 of CrPC clamped, restriction on political visit and denial of permission to visit trouble-torn Saharanpur, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by party’s UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad and UPCC chief Raj Babbar, reached the district and visited violence-hit areas on Saturday.
He met Dalit families hit by caste clashes and assuring them financial help.
The congress leader entered Saharanpur from Haryana border and launched a scathing attack on ruling BJP over law and order situation.
He said BJP had come to power by promising the sky on law and order front.
“The government in the state has miserably failed in containing crime. Law and order is shattered and state is in the grip of caste clashes,” he said.
It is learnt that the Congress leader was under fire from different quarters of his own party as his silence over Saharanpur clashes was being questioned.
Earlier, the police had claimed that the Congress leader would be stopped at the border. Security was beefed up on all routes approaching Saharanpur but Rahul Gandhi defying the orders reached the district.
Knowing well that Section 144 was in force in the district, Gandhi exhorted all his supporters to reach Saharanpur in big numbers. It may be recalled there was a fresh spell of violence before and after the visit of BSP chief Mayawati to violence ridden Shabbirpur village in the district.
The bout of clashes continued even on Wednesday and two persons were dead and a dozen injured with over 12 Rajput houses set afire allegedly by Bhim Army men. The BSP chief had also visited the district after being denied the permission for the same.