Bihar's Modi faces anger of upper caste activists

Patna, Oct 6: Activists belonging to upper caste groups on Saturday waved black flags at Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and tried to blacken his face, as they protested the Centre's restoration of a stringent provision in a law that seeks to protect the lower castes from oppression.The incident happened in Sitamarhi district, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had gone to attend party events.The protesters also shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and alleged that the BJP was acting against the interest of the upper castes, who had voted overwhelmingly for the party in the 2014 general election.Several BJP leaders in the recent past have faced the wrath of upper castes in Bihar, who are angry after the Centre restored the provision of immediate arrest under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act that had been removed by the March 20 Supreme Court verdict. BJP leaders, including Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey, were shown black flags at different places in Bihar.

IANS