The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh of unleashing lumpen elements to target the Dalits.
BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak alleged that the Samajwadi Party government is blinded by greed for votes and has been terrorising the marginalised sections of the society.
Reacting to the communal violence at Khudadadpur village in Azamgarh over the last two days, the BJP leader said the Dalits were targeted selectively. The state government and the official machinery have failed to control the violence, he said.
BJP also slammed the state government for not allowing the party’s fact-finding team that was on its way to Azamgarh on Monday. Several BJP leaders, including former UP DGP Brijlal, were arrested when they were heading to Azamgarh.
Another BJP leader alleged that the state government was trying to stifle democracy in Uttar Pradesh.
Communal violence had erupted at Khudadadpur village on Saturday night when two communities clashed. The violence continued till early hours on Sunday.
Several police personnel were rushed to the area to tackle the situation. Some of the police officials were injured in the violence.