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New Delhi(May 24 2017): A day after one Dalit man was killed and 10 Muslims were injured in fresh caste-clashes in western Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, four senior officials and additional policemen have been rushed to the area to control the situation. 
According to reports, a group of Dalits allegedly threw stones at the homes of a few Rajputs in Shabbirpur before BSP chief Mayawati’s rally, which led to the tension between the two communities. However, senior cops intervened to avoid a major flare up.

The fresh clashes broke out when a truck carrying Dalits back to their village from the rally spot was attacked, allegedly by Thakurs in the area. A Dalit man died in the clashes and two were critically injured.

At least five additional companies of police forces have been rushed to the area after the violence.

The Uttar Pradesh government has blamed former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s visit to the area for the fresh violence on Tuesday. Mayawati was visiting Shabbirpur, a village where clashes between Dalits and Thakurs earlier this month led to the death another Dalit.

The violence is the fourth major incident of caste clashes in Saharanpur in the last three weeks.

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