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Punjab Ambedkar Sena burns Yogi's effigy over Saharanpur

Press Trust of India  |  Phagwara 

Activists of Ambedkar Sena Mool Nivasi today burnt an effigy of UP Chief Minister here to protest against alleged atrocities on the and "torching" of their houses in Saharanpur.

Led by the Sena's state president Harbhajan Suman, the protesters assembled at the Ambedkar Park at Hargobindnagar and began a march.

They converged at the Hargobindnagar crossing on NH-1 where they burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister, police said.

The also submitted a memorandum to the SDM, Balbir Raj Singh, seeking an intervention by the President, they said.

Raising anti-Yogi and anti-slogans, the protesters, which included women, alleged that since the came to power at the Centre, "atrocities" against the had increased.

Addressing the protesters, Suman accused the and Yogi of being "anti-dalits".

He alleged that "anti-dalit" incidents were rising, especially in UP, and Gujarat.

Accusing the police of playing "puppet" to the Yogi government, Suman said that when "about 40 houses of the dalits" were "torched" in Saharanpur, the police looked the other way.

"And, when the activists of the Bhim army came forward to help the dalits, they were implicated in false cases and sent to jails," he alleged.

Suman said that in case "anti-dalit" activities were not checked, the Sena will launch a large agitation.

Councillors Poornima Suman and Sandip also addressed the protesters.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, BSP leader Surinder Dhanda also condemned the Saharanpur incident.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 17:42 IST