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Chandrashekhar's mother replaces him as Bhim Army chief,

Press Trust of India  |  Saharanpur 

Kamlesh, the mother of arrested Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar, has replaced her son as the head of the Dalit outfit and announced a congregation of the community in the national capital on June 18.

She made the announcement in a purported video clip that surfaced on today.

"I am coming to (in Delhi) on June 18. This is Baba Saheb's (B R Ambedkar's) mission of and we should not let it stop. You all must arrive there in big numbers," she purportedly said in the 22-second-long clip.

She also cautioned Bhim Army workers against "some people" who wanted to weaken their "movement".

Along with the video, a pamphlet was released in which the Bhim Army, accused of involvement in the recent caste- based violence in Saharanpur, urged the President to release the "innocent Dalits" who have been jailed.

The pamphlet also sought security for Chandrashekhar and his family.

Chandrashekhar, a lawyer by profession, was arrested on June 8 by Special Task Force of Police from Himachal Pradesh's Dalhousie in connection with his alleged role in the violence in Saharanpur.

Chandrasekhar had shot to limelight after holding a demonstration at in New against violence on in Saharanpur.

Earlier, two members of the Bhim Army were arrested in Saharanpur for their alleged involvement in the Ramnagar caste violence on May 9 after a person was killed and several others were injured in a clash between and Thakurs at Shabbirpur village on May 5.

About a dozen police vehicles were set ablaze and 12 policemen were injured in subsequent violence on May 9.

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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 22:57 IST