At least nine people died and scores others were injured after the Bharat Bandh protests called by Dalit organisations against the Supreme Court’s ruling on SC/ST Atrocities Act turned violent in several parts of the country.
The protesters rampaged through the towns across the country, arsoning, damaging public property, setting police vehicles on fire and pelting stones on security forces.
Six people died in Madhya Pradesh while one each killed in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, accpording to reports.
Uttar Pradesh DIG Law and Order said that 38 people were injured in the clashes and over 400 protesters were detained.
Normal life was affected in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha due to disruptions in rail and road traffic, forced closure of offices and vandalism of properties during the "Bharat Bandh".
The nationwide bandh was called after the Supreme Court on March 20 laid new guidelines that protect public servants from immediate arrest after a complaint is filed against them under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Dalits were demanding the rollback of the top court’s order demanding the Centre to file a review petition. The Centre, however, filed the review petition on Monday even as the protests continued.
Here are the highlights:
# Schools and colleges to remain shut on Tuesday in Morena and Bhind districts over protests against Supreme Court's SC/ST Act ruling.
# Total 6 people killed in Madhya Pradesh, two in Uttar Pradesh and one in Rajasthan during protests over SC/ST Protection Act.
# The Government of India has advised all states to maintain law and order and we are ready to provide assistance to any state that may require so, tweets Home Minister Rajnath Singh
# Madhya Pradesh, UP and Punjab have so far requested for Central Forces. Rapid Action Force (RAF) and CAPFs have been made available. Ministry has asked the states to take all preventive measures and maintain public order and ensure the safety of lives of people and property
# Union Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of Bharat Bandh protests. The Ministry is in constant touch with the states. Whichever state has asked for Central Forces, they have been made available immediately.
# 763 people detained in Jharkhand's Ranchi district and 850 in east Singhbhum district during Bharat Bandh protests
# Bharat Bandh protest over SC/ST Protection Act: Protesters gathered at Delhi's Connaught Place
# Anti-social elements were sent to cause violence during the protests resulting in death of some people and damage to public property, says BSP Chief Mayawati on protests over SC/ST Act
Anti-social elements were sent to cause violence during the protests resulting in death of some people and damage to public property: BSP Chief Mayawati on protests over SC/ST Act pic.twitter.com/sGhHjAXYEL— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 2, 2018
# 1 dead,3 seriously injured & around 35 have suffered minor injuries during #BharatBandh. There'll be an inquiry on people spreading rumors on Social Media. Detained 448 people for legal action. Only 10% of state was disrupted, there was peace in 90% of area - DIG, Law and Order, Uttar Pradesh
# One protester killed in Madhya Pradesh's Morena during Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act
# One killed in Rajasthan's alwar in the wake of violent clash.
# Four people have died in protests in Gwalior and Morena - IG Law and Order Makrand Deuskar
#Protest turns violent in Hapur over SC/ST protection act
#Curfew imposed in parts of Gwalior & Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in the area) imposed in Sagar.
# Protest turns violent in Barmer, cars and property damaged.
#Protestors turns violent in Meerut, damage cars over SC/ST protection act
#Protesters stop train in Punjab's Patiala amid Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act
#Protest in Rajasthan's Bharatpur over SC/ST protection act:
# Bharat Bandh over SC/ST protection act: Protesters stop train at Forbesganj Junction
#Bandh supporters in Bihar's Aara blocked road and rail traffic to protest against the dilution of SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
# Movement of train in Odisha's Sambalpur blocked by protesters against Supreme Court's decision on SC/ST Protection Act