Tahlka News Bureau
Bareilly: Saharanpur village that witnessed riots between Thakurs and Dalits in which one Dalit died, dozens of people were burned and several houses were burned, less than three weeks ago will likely to go under renovation under the Prime Minister's SANSAD Aadarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY).
The idea was suggested by a local BJP MP Raghav Lajhanpal Sharma also accused of leading a mob to vandalise the residence of the Saharanpur senior superintendent of Police (SSP) in an earlier riot bet6ween Muslims and Dalits in Sadak Dudhil village. He however, refused the charges.
On May 5 a western UP town, Shabbirpur saw clashes between the two communities. The clash between Dalit and Thakurs started over a Maharana Pratap Jayanti procession which led to violence and arson and protests started between Dalit groups and the administration.
SAGY aims to develop 790 villages in all, one each selected by 245 Rajya Sabha MPs and 545 Lok Sabha MPs, as model villages Launching the scheme in Pctober 2014, Prime Minister Modi had exposed hope that it would "open the door for good politics".
Sahbbirpur has a population of 4,500 people with 50 pe cent Dalits and 30% Thakurs excluding other the communities.