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31 Dalit activists arrested in Lucknow

Police said the activists were trying to take out a rally, which they did not have permission to do. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 03, 2017, 12.47 PM (IST)

Thirty-one Dalit activists have been arrested in Lucknow. 

The activists included retired IPS officer and activits SR Darapuri. 

Police said the activists were trying to take out a rally, which they did not have permission to do. 

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News reports said the activists had held a press conference at the Lucknow Press Club at which they had talked about atrocities against Dalits and also the 50 Dalits who had been offloaded from a train at Jhansi on Sunday. 

The rally had been planned after the press conference. 

The 50 Dalits had been travelling to Lucknow with a 125-kg bar of soap which they were going to give to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. 

Earlier this year, members of a scheduled caste in a UP village had alleged that they had been given bars of soap and been asked to "clean up" for a visit by the chief minister. 

All 31 activists were later released. 

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