Lucknow: Various Dalit organisations had called for a nationwide shutdown or a ‘Bharat Bandh’ to protest against the ruling. U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appealed to the people not to vitiate law and order, amid reports of violence in parts of western Uttar Pradesh during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by dalit outfits against the Supreme Court court on the SC/ST Act.
“The central and state governments are dedicated towards the welfare of backward castes, Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes. I appeal to all not to disturb the law and order. If at all there are any issues you can bring them to government’s notice,” said Adityanath.
Even as the Centre has filed a review petition in the top court, outrage over the review in the Act made by the Supreme Court has engulfed numerous parts of the country, as various states, including Punjab, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, are witnessing border-line riots with protesters taking to destruction of private and public property to send their message of disapproval to legislature and judiciary.
“The law and order should not be disturbed by these protests. The government is serious towards the development and progress of dalits. I appeal to them not to disturb the law and order,” Adityanath told reporters.
“Both the Centre and the state government are dedicated to the welfare of the backward castes, the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes. If there is any issue, one can bring them to the notice of the government,” he said. There are reports of the violence in some western UP districts during the protests by dalits.
The Supreme Court on March 20 had banned automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, a legislation meant to protect the marginalised communities from abuse and discrimination.