Uttar Pradesh: Bhim Army leader’s brother shot in Saharanpur, Internet services suspended

Lucknow, May 10: Tension has gripped, after the 24-year-old brother of Bheem Army district president Kamal Walia was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon in Ramnagar area.

In wake of this, internet services in the area have been suspended.

The brother of Bheem Army district president Kamal Walia, Sachin Walia was shot by unknown assailants.

“Sachin was in a street on the other side of the locality when he was shot dead. He was rushed to the government hospital, which declared him dead on arrival. Our family and Bheem Army members are in the hospital,” Abhishek, the victim’s cousin, told The Indian Express.

The incident comes exactly a year after violence had erupted in the district around the time of Maharana Pratap Jayanti which resulted in a death, and left at least a dozen wounded. Several houses belonging to Dalits had also been set on fire.

As per the police, an FIR was filed late Wednesday evening against five individuals belonging to the Thakur community following complaints from the family.

“The police was informed when the victim was being taken to the hospital… Our teams are trying to ascertain the sequence of events. Till now, no eyewitnesses have been found, and no signs of clashes between the groups have been reported. No weapon has been recovered. There was a heavy police presence in the area in the light of what had happened on Maharana Pratap Jayanti last year,” the Indian Express quoted Sharad Sachan, DIG, Saharanpur as saying.

Shortly after news of Sachin’s death, members of Bheem Army and local residents gathered at the hospital, seeking action against members of the  Thakurs.

Following the incident, the security has been beefed up in the area.


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