LIVE: Bharat Bandh: 2 protesters killed in Gwalior, 1 in Bhind, 1 in Morena
| April 2, 2018, 9:52 a.m.
New Delhi, April 2: There is a call of Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act, and the effect is seen all across the country. Different groups including CPIML activists were reported protesting in Bihar's Arrah. They even blocked a train. Protesters have also stopped train at Forbesganj Junction. Class X and class XII exams were also postpone in Punjab keeping bandh in mind.
Movement of trains in Odisha's Sambalpur were blocked by protesters against Supreme Court's decision on SC/ST Protection Act.
The government will file a review petition before the Supreme Court today, challenging its order banning automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Here are the LIVE updates of the Bharat Bandh:
-2 protesters killed in Gwalior, 1 in Bhind and 1 in Morena. Several police officials also injured during Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act
-Strict action should be taken against those who spread violence during the protests: BSP Chief Mayawati
-More than 200 people have been detained and we are getting cases registered against them. All conspirators and hooligans involved in anti-social activities will be booked under NSA. There have been no casualties so far: Manzil Saini, SSP Meerut on protests over SC/ST Act
-Bhara tBandh over SC/ST protection act: Bus vandalized and set ablaze during protest in Azamgarh.
- IG Law and Order Makrand Deuskar says that four people have died in protests in Gwalior and Morena
-IG Law and Order Makrand Deuskar says that four people have died in protests in Gwalior and Morena.
-Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act: Visuals of protest from Kutch's Gandhidham, Gujarat.
-BharatBandh over SC/ST protection act: Visuals of protest from Kutch's Gandhidham. #Gujarat
-We have filed the review petition in Supreme Court. I appeal to all political parties and groups to maintain peace and not incite violence: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act
-One reportedly killed in Madhya Pradesh's Morena. Visuals of a Bharat bandh protest from Morena, Madhya Pradesh, over the SC/ST Protection Act.
-Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act: Visuals of protest from Ghaziabad
-Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act: Shops being forcibly shut down by protesters in Dehradun.
-Visuals of Bharat Bandh protest from Morena over the SC/ST Protection Act: Protesters block a railway track-Protesters stop a train in Jaipur.
-The central and state govternments are dedicated towards the welfare of backward castes, SC & ST. I appeal to all to not disturb the law and order. If at all there are any issues you can bring them to government's notice: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
-I wish to convey that today we've filed a petition on the judgement by Supreme Court on the SC/ST act. We have filed a comprehensive review petition which will be presented before the court by the senior lawyers of the government: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Law Minister
-Visuals of protest from Rajasthan's Bharatpur, the situation remains volatile
The petition will be filed by the social justice and empowerment ministry, a senior government official said.
Meanwhile, Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot had on Friday appealed to organisations and individuals opposing the Supreme Court's verdict on the SC/ST Act to withdraw their protests in the wake of the government's decision to file a review petition challenging the order.
Top law officers are constantly brainstorming with officials of the ministry of social justice to prepare a credible review plea, sources in the government said.
The top court had recently banned automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.
The law protects the marginalised communities against discrimination and atrocities.
A delegation of NDA's SC and ST MPs, led by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Gehlot, had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss the apex court judgement diluting provisions of the SC/ST atrocities act.
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and the National Commission for Scheduled Castes have also conveyed their views and demanded a review of the verdict, saying the original Act, as it existed before the SC verdict, should be restored.
The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act, 1989 was amended recently to include new offences and to ensure speedy justice to victims. The amended law had come into effect from January 26, 2016.