Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Tension in Saharanpur after yatra, internet services suspended

BESIDES, RAJPUT COMMUNITY OPPOSED YATRA, SAYING THAT SAMRAT BHOJ BELONGED TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

- S Raju s raju@htlive.com

MEERUT/LUCKNOW: Tension was palpable in Saharanpur district’s Nakur town as Gurjar community members defied the district administra­tion’s prohibitor­y orders to take out the Gurjar Pratihar Samrat Mihir Bhoj Gaurav Yatra in honour of the ninth century ruler of the Gurjar-Pratihara dynasy on Monday. The district administra­tion suspended internet services in Saharanpur till further orders, officials said.

Besides, the Rajput community opposed the yatra, saying that Samrat Bhoj belonged to their community. They blamed the Gurjars for distorting history.

Vipin Tada, senior superinten­dent of police, Saharanpur, said internet services were suspended in Saharanpur till further orders due to prevailing tension on account of the yatra.

As the Gurjars took out the yatra in Fandpuri and Ambeta areas of Nakur, police tried to stop them, saying Section 144 of the CrPc was in force in the district.

On the other hand, a group of Rajpur community members staged a dharna (sit-in) at Ramleela ground in Hakeekat Nagar in Saharanpur.

Police sealed the borders of Saharanpur district to prevent entry of leaders and members of both communitie­s from neighbouri­ng Muzaffarna­gar and Shamli districts.

Police also stopped Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan leader Thakur Pooran Singh and his supporters from entering the district. Samajwadi Party MLA Atul Pradhan was stopped at Sisana village in Muzaffarna­gar. Pradhan and his supporters sat on the road in protest and demanded to be allowed to participat­e in the yatra.

Superinten­dent of police, Rural (Saharanpur) Sagar Jain said some people took out the yatra defying prohibitor­y orders under Section 144.

“We are in the process of identifyin­g those who defied the order and action would be initiated against them under the law,” he said.

Additional director general of police (Meerut zone) Rajeev Sabharwal also reached Saharanpur and discussed the situation with SSP Vipin Tada and other officials.

Security has been beefed up in the district. The police had taken out a flag march in Nakur on Sunday.

The controvers­y over Samrat Mihir Bhoj erupted in September 2021 after chief minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurate­d a statue of the ninth century Gurjar-Pratihara dynasty ruler at the Gurjar-dominated Dadri town in Gautam Buddh Nagar district (Noida).

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