Dalit outfits have called for a Bharat Bandh against the top court's ruling on the dilution of SC/ST Act, which is getting uglier by the minute.
As Countrywide Bharat Bandh intensifies, a shootout takes place in Gwalior injuring at least 20 people. Four people are reportedly dead in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena and Gwalior. As protests erupt over the SC/ST Atrocities Act turns violent. Curfew was imposed in at least three towns in the state, including Sagar and Gwalior.
After holding agitations over the last few days to protest against the top court’s ruling on the SC/ST Act, several Dalit outfits have surely called for a Bharat Bandh today.
The agitation led by Dalits across the country on Monday, 2. April saw the state police intervening at several places, including Meerut, Ranchi, Agra, and also Bhind.
In Punjab, schools and colleges remained shut, with internet services suspended from 5 pm Sunday to 11 pm Monday.
The Centre, however, filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s judgment on Monday fueling the Bharat Bandh.
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Inspector General, Law and Order of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Makrand Deuskar confirms that a total of four people are reportedly dead in protests in Gwalior and Morena.
Traffic Halts In Delhi Marking Bharat Bandh
Hundreds of protestors march in unity on the streets of Delhi. The mob protest has snarled all traffic movement. The protestors are thousand in numbers protesting the SC/ST Dilution Act.
They blocked the road outside the Mandi House Metro Station, bringing traffic to a halt as commuters faced inconvenience while traveling towards I.T.O. And other stretches.
The protesters also blocked one of the carriageways of Barakhamba Road affecting traffic on the stretch, police confirms.
Protesters squatted on tracks in several places outside Delhi, stopping trains, including the Dehradun Express and the Ranchi Rajdhani, to enforce an all India shutdown against the dilution of the SC/ST Act.
Protesters burnt cars and demolished shops as the violence reached Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed for all groups to maintain peace and not incite violence.
“We have also filed the review petition in Supreme Court. I appeal to all political parties and groups to maintain peace and not incite violence.” – Rajnath Singh, Home Minister
Train services at several places across the country were affected as well after protesters blocked railway lines and stopped trains on Monday morning in the ongoing Bharat Bandh. Daily activities were also disrupted in few states after marketplaces and shops remained shut.
Meanwhile, in Bihar’s Arrah, different groups including C.P.I. (ML) Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation or activists also stopped a train.
In Punjab too, trains were stopped at few places. Massive protests have also been reported from several other parts of the country, including Punjab’s Ludhiana and Zirakpur.