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2 held in connection with Saharanpur violence

Saharanpur: Two persons have been arrested in connection with the violence here on May 9 in which a police chowki and 20 vehicles were set ablaze, police said today.

Senior Superintendent of Police Bablu Kumar said that Deepak and Pravin Gautam, both members of the Bhim Army, were arrested by a joint team of the Crime Branch and district police from Malhipur Road here.

Kumar claimed that Gautam told police that he was the city president of the Bhim Army. “Deepak said he was the constituency chief of the outfit,” the officer said.

“They are being interrogated and the police is searching for their accomplices,” the SSP said.

Kumar said, “Those who are found innocent in the SIT probe into the violence here, but are in jail will get justice.”

“Based on eveidences gathered by the SIT, police are mulling to book under the National Security Act those found guilty,” the SSP said.

On May 9, a police chowki was burnt, over 20 vehicles torched while several instances of stone-pelting and clashes were reported from across Saharanpur.

—PTI