‘Bharat Bandh’ Update: Protests Turns Violent, 4 Dead


Update: The nationwide bandh called by Dalit organisations on Monday turned violent as people resorted to stone pelting, damaging properties across various states.

Four persons were killed and several others, including policemen, were injured in the protests that took a violent turn in Madhya Pradesh. Violent protests were reported in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab, while Section 144 has been imposed in Gwalior.

New Delhi: Various Dalit organisations have called for a nationwide shutdown to protest against the Supreme Court’s ruling on amendments under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989.

The government is likely to move a review petition in the Supreme Court on Monday in the wake of a ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by Dalit organisations protesting the alleged dilution of SC\ST Act.

The situation remains tense in Punjab, Bihar and Odisha where most of the shops remained closed along with educational institutions. The CBSE postponed all Class 12 and 10 exams scheduled for Monday in Punjab. Exams will be held as scheduled in Chandigarh and in the rest of the country.

The Punjab government also suspended Internet services from 5 pm Sunday which will continue on Monday till 11 pm, and has requested Army to remain on ‘stand-by’. Meanwhile, members of Punjab Congress, which has declared solidarity with the protesters will hand over a memorandum to the Governor against the Supreme Court ruling during the day.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is all set to file a petition seeking review of the apex court’s order diluting the provisions of the act that protects marginalised communities against discrimination and atrocities.

Protest turned violent in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut and Rajasthan’s Barmer. Protestors damaged cars and public property. While the effects of Bandh has also been witnessed in Delhi’s Mandi House.

Curfew imposed in parts of Gwalior & Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in the area) imposed in Sagar.