Bharat Bandh: Curfew in Parts of MP, Schools Shut in Meerut
Stay tuned for all the updates on Bharat Bandh called by Dalits to protest against the dilution of the SC/ST Act.
What Did the Supreme Court Say?
On 20 March, the apex court issued a slew of guidelines that would protect public servants and private individuals from arbitrary and immediate arrest under the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
According to the court’s directive, coercive action against public servants, accused of hostility towards the lower caste, can only be taken with written permission from their appointing authority. For private citizens accused of a similar crime, arrest can be made only after the Senior Superintendent of Police concerned allows it.
(With ANI inputs)
Heightened Security in Punjab; Schools, Colleges Shut
In view of a bandh called by a number of Dalit organisations on 2 April, the Punjab government ordered a security clampdown, while the army and paramilitary forces have been asked to be on standby.
Schools will remain shut and buses would be off the road on Monday, 2 April. CBSE board examination for Class 10 and Class 12 have been postponed to another date following the call for bandh in the state.
All public and private transport will stay off the road during the bandh to prevent any untoward incident.
The chief minister appealed to the protesters to ensure that the mortal remains of the Iraq victims, which are expected to arrive in Amritsar on Monday, are allowed to be transported to their native villages without any impediment.
Protesters Block Trains in Bihar, Odisha and Punjab
Different groups, including CPIML activists, blocked a train in Bihar’s Arrah in protest. Protesters even stopped a train at the Forbesganj Junction railway station in Araria district and in Punjab's Patiala.
UP, Rajasthan Also Witness Protests
Uttar Pradesh’s Agra and Rajasthan’s Bharatpur witnessed protests against the Supreme Court’s 20 March judgement on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
People came out in huge numbers on the streets of Agra to protest. In Bharatpur, women were also seen protesting in huge numbers against the apex court’s judgement.
Protests Turn Violent in Rajasthan's Barmer
Protests turned violent in Rajasthan’s Barmer as demonstrators set cars ablaze and damaged property.
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7:22 AM, 02 AprUnion Home Minister Appeals for Peace
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11:42 AM, 02 AprArvind Kejriwal Voices Support for Dalit Stir
11:44 AM, 02 Apr800 Rapid Action Force Policemen Sent to UP, MP to Rein in Violence
12:50 PM, 02 AprOne Dead in Rajasthan's Alwar, Death Toll Climbs to Six
1:52 PM, 02 AprOne More Dead in Uttar Pradesh, Death Toll Climbs to Eight
2:19 PM, 02 AprOne More Dead in Gwalior, Death Toll at 9
4:40 PM, 02 AprFormer BSP Leader Detained in Connection With Violence
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1:44 PM, 03 AprRajasthan Sub Inspector Dies, Death Toll at 12
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