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Saharanpur violence: Drones to monitor area, DM says ‘situation under control’

The Uttar Pradesh police is now taking the help of drones to monitor the situation in Saharanpur after violent clashes between two groups over land dispute killed three people and injured 19 others, as per news reports on Sunday.

“The lanes here are as narrow as three to four feet where it is not possible for police officials to enter. The rioters are taking advantage of that and escaping from such lanes. Drones will help in keeping an eye on such areas and nabbing these miscreants,” said Alok Sharma, Inspector General, Meerut Zone.

Bhuvnesh Kumar, Secretary in UP govt, said that a meeting to review the situation will take place in the afternoon and then a decision to lift the curfew will be taken.

While Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is currently visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence to apprise him of the situation in Saharanpur, a meeting senior IAS and IPS officials is underway to assess the situation.

Essential supplies including water, food, ambulance, milk are being provided to the people who are stranded in their houses.

Around 20 people have been arrested so far in connection with the clashes.

While curfew has been imposed in six police station areas, shoot-at-sigh orders continue to be in force.

“The situation is under control now,” said Rajesh Kumar Pandey, SSP Saharanpur.

Saharanpur District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said that no new incidents of violence have taken place.

“No incident of violence has taken place. Curfew is likely to be called off after discussion,” Tiwari said.

Commenting on the issue of land dispute, Tiwari said, “I’m not going into it… The construction is on hold,” the PTI reported.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting of senior IAS and IPS officials took place to work on a plan to bring the situation under control.

Even as the situation continues to be tense in Saharanpur on Sunday, a red alert has been issued in Yamunanagar where movement of buses has been restricted.

At least 6,000 para-military forces were rushed to the area after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reportedly spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

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