Kolkata: Expressing concern over violence that gripped parts of India amid Dalit groups’ protest against a Supreme Court order on the SC/ST act, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.
“We are shocked and pained that some of my Dalit brothers and sisters have been killed and injured. We support their cause. I appeal for peace,” Banerjee said in a tweet.
We are shocked and pained that some of my Dalit brothers and sisters have been killed and injured. We support their cause. I appeal for peace
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 2, 2018
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.
Protesters clashed with police in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Odisha — states where normal life was paralyzed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson. Five persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing authorities to impose curfew at many places.