Bharat Bandh 2018 updates: Death toll rises to 7, five killed in Madhya Pradesh alone; 448 protesters detained in UP

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Bharat Bandh 2018 updates: Death toll rises to 7, five killed in Madhya Pradesh alone; 448 protesters detained in UP
  • 18:23 (IST)

     Govt committed to preserving SC/ST rights: Rajnath Singh 
     
     
    Government is committed to ensuring welfare of SCs, STs, and guaranteeing them full protection of law: Home Minister Rajnath Singh said as he said that the government has already filed a review petition in Supreme Court against its order on SC/ST (PoA) Act. 

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Anti-social elements infiltrated peaceful protesters: Mayawati


    "I have got to know that some people spread violence during the protests, I strongly condemn it. Our party is not behind the violence during the protests. Strong action should be taken against those who indulge in violence," Mayawati said. 

  • 17:32 (IST)

    A look at sharp increases in cases of caste conflicts

  • 17:26 (IST)

    90% areas in UP peaceful, police took several hours to contain situation in 10% districts due to organised protests: DIG Law and Order

    Praveen Kumar, DIG Law and Order Uttar Pradesh said that all districts in the state are put on high alert. He said that 448 protesters have been detained so far and all those who resorted to violence and disrupted law and order would be rounded up. He also said that many policemen were injured as he lauded the force for showing restraint in the face of violent protests on ground. 

  • 17:26 (IST)

    90% areas in UP peaceful, police took several hours to contain situation in 10% districts due to organised protests: DIG Law and Order

    Praveen Kumar, DIG Law and Order Uttar Pradesh said that all districts in the state are put on high alert. He said that 448 protesters have been detained so far and all those who resorted to violence and disrupted law and order would be rounded up. He also said that many policemen were injured as he lauded the force for showing restraint in the face of violent protests on ground. 

  • 17:17 (IST)

      States asked to take preventive steps and maintain public order to ensure safety of lives and property: Home ministry on Dalit agitation

  • 17:03 (IST)

    Kejriwal extends support to Dalits, says SC/ST (PoA) Act should be preserved 

    Kejriwal tweeted, "Under the situation resulting due to Supreme Court's decision on SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, AAP is with the movement of SC/ST community. Central government should deploy top lawyers for the petition in the Supreme Court and the need and fundamental intent of the Act  should be preserved."

  • 16:46 (IST)

    Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad demands Central Govt ordinance to strengthen SC/ST (PoA) Act 

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Over 200 people arrested in Meerut: SSP Manzil Saini

    "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," Saini told reporters. The Meerut Police has also detained BSP leader Yogesh Verma on charges of inciting violence. 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Centre's review petition case of too little, too late; protests could have been avoided: Mayawati

    Mayawati alleged that the protests could have been prevented had the Centre filed the review petition in Supreme Court against its order on SC/SCT atrocities act. She claimed that the cases of atrocities against Dalits have gone up since the BJP government came to power. She said that the government was protecting such perpatrators and was not only diluting the laws ensuring rights of SC/ST but was determined to throttle the reservation scheme. 

  • 16:10 (IST)

    Police lathicharges protesters in Haryana's Yamunanagar

  • 16:10 (IST)

    BSP not behind violence in protests, says Mayawati 

    "I support the protest against the SC/ST Act. I have got to know that some people spread violence during the protests, I strongly condemn it. Our party is not behind the violence during the protests," Mayawati said. 

    "Strict action should be taken against those who spread violence during the protests," she said.

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Mayawati 'strongly supports' Dalit protests, says BJP's dual speak, casteist mindset behind simmering anger

    Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati extended her party's strong support to the Dalit protests across North India. She blamed the BJP government's casteist mindset for the simmering anger in the community. She also claimed that the government has delayed filing the review petition in Supreme Court. She claimed that the government could have prevented today's protests, if the review petition was filed on time. 

  • 16:03 (IST)

    BSP leader Yogesh Verma, several party workers detained for 'inciting violence'

    The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested BSP leader Yogesh Verma and several of the party's workers in western UP's Meerut. Verma was former MLA from Hastinapur. The BSP leaders were taken into custody on the order of DM Anil Dhingra and SSP Manzil Saini.  Saini told reporters: "He is the main conspirator of this violence that is why we have detained him."

  • 15:59 (IST)

    One person killed in Rajasthan's Alwar

    One person was killed in police firing at Kherthal in Alwar district, CNN-News18 reported. Police was trying to stop the mob from stone pelting. The person killed was reportedly the son of a village sarpanch from western Rajasthan. 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Pakistan, Lahore bus service disrupted due to Dalit protests in Punjab

    Daily bus service between Lahore and Delhi was disrupted due to ongoing Dalit protests in Punjab. The bus was stopped at Sarhind by police as a preventive measure and was later allowed to move ahead. 

    Input by Jagjit Jaggi, Ropar/101Reporters

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Protesters brandish guns, sword in Punjab's Firozpur; shots fired at police vehicles

    According to CNN-News18, protesters brandished guns, swords and hockey sticks in Punjab's Firozpur districts, CNN-News18 reported. 

  • 15:37 (IST)

    SC declines urgent hearing of PIL by Dalit group against SC/ST ruling, Dipak Misra says there is 'no urgency on matter'

    The Supreme Court has declined an urgent hearing of a PIL against the SC/ST ruling. CJI Dipak Misra refused to list the matter on Monday or the day after, saying there is no urgency on the matter and "that it will be taken up in due course."

    The announcement comes as people of the Dalit community took out protest marches across India to agitate against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The protests are part of a 'Bharat Bandh' called by Dalit organisations against the order of the apex court.

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Meerut: Protesters target petrol pump in PS Civil Lines area 

    Vandalism in Western Uttar Pradesh town of Meerut continued unabeted as after ransacking lawyers chambers and vehicles in district court premises, protesters tried to set alight a petrol pump in civil lines area. They smashed glasses, window panes and furniture at the fuel station as some of them tried to light the petrol pump. However, the attack was prevented. 


    In a second incident of attacks on a petrol pump, another fuel station opposite Chaudhary Charan Singh University was also attacked but the protesters were stopped from putting it on fire. 

    With inputs from Kamal Bhargava, 101 Reporters.

  • 15:24 (IST)

    Government files review petition in Supreme Court on ruling on SC/ST atrocities act

    The Government of India has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court on its order on the atrocities on SC/ST act. The Centre has told the court that granting an anticipatory bail to a accused in such a case could terrorise the victims.

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Pappu Yadav's party workers hold traffic jam at Dat Bangla chauraha in Patna

    According to an update by CNN-News18, Pappu yadav's party workers have pledged support to the Dalits protesting on streets. The party workers blocked the Dat Bangla chauraha in Patna.  

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Meerut: Protesters attack advocates at district court in Meerut, lawyers retaliate 

    As protestors targetted lawyers cars in and around the district court in Meerut, aggrieved lawyers hit backs. The lawyers pelted stones on demonstrators but the police intervened and arrested all the protestors at the district court premises. 

    Meanwhile , several police stations and police jeebs were alos gutted in the city. Nineteen people are reportedly injured while one person has died. 

    Input by Kamal Bhargava,101Reporters.
     

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Protesters torch bus of foreign tourists in UP's Azamgarh; no casualties reported, says CNN-News18

  • 14:51 (IST)

    Heavy stone pelting in Meerut as protesters brandish gun, fire at policemen: CNN-News18

  • 14:50 (IST)

    One person dead in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut, confirms city SSP

    One of the protesters was killed in Meerut city of Western Uttar Pradesh, city's SSP Manzil Saini confirmed on Monday. Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. Pro-reservation groups indulged in vandalism at the Muzaffarnagar railway station, stoning the Kocchi Express.

    Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. Students locked the main gate of the Chowdhary Charan Singh University campus and damaged furniture as well as electrical fittings at the campus.

    With inputs from Sadiq Khan, Team 101 reporters 

  • Protests intensify in parts of Madhya Pradesh; 2 people dead

    Dalit organisations and activists have taken out a rally on the streets of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, a curfew ihas been imposed in Gwalior as two deaths reported. A third person has reportedly died but there was no official confirmation.  

    Protesters have also resorted to violence in Bhind district even as the protests gradually spread on to other districts in Madhya Pradesh. Dalit farm labourers have also joined the protest.

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Delhi's Connought Place choker blocked 

    As violent protests rocked the northern parts of India, lakhs of protesters blocked the entire outer circle of Delhi's connought place, the posh market place at the heart of the national capital, reported CNN-News18. 

  • 14:29 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath pulls up UP DGP, senior cops on law and order situation as violence spirals in Western UP

    According to CNN-News18, Uttar Pradesh chief minister has called up the state's DGP and senior police officers to take stock of the Dalit protests that have particularly spiralled in the western parts of the state. There were several reports of arson, vandalism, and attacks as protesters turned violent in Meerut, Azamgarh, Hapur, and other cities. 

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Supreme Court refuses to grant urgent hearing of PIL challenging ruling on SC/ST atrocities act: CNN-News18

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Several vehicles torched, police station attacked in Muzaffarnagar

    The Dalit protests, which have flared up across the nation, spilled over on the roads of Muzaffarnagar as well. The protesters torched several vehicles as a mark of protests as reports of arson and vandalism were reported from across the city. A police station was also torched in the city. 

    In January this year, a Dalit youth was brutally beaten with sticks and kicked around by a group of three men after being forced to chant Jai Mata Di. The incident had elicited sharp reactions from the community. 

    Inputs by Sachin Johri, 101 Reporters.

  • 14:14 (IST)

    Police vehicle attacked outside court’s main gate in Meerut

    Input from Kamal Bhargava/101 Reporters

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Two dead, 15 injured in protests in Madhya Pradesh

    Violence continued to escalate in Madhya Pradesh where two people have now been killed and 15 injured, reported CNN-News18. Internet services have been suspended in Gwalior. 

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Members of Dalit organizations protest outside district courts in Ludhiana

    Input by Arjun Sharma/ 101Reporters

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Protests reported from Bhuj, Surat, Surendranagar in Gujarat

    Protesters gather at Danilimda and Ambavadi areas of Ahmedabad, where heavy police presence has been seen. Protests are being reported from all over Gujarat including Bhuj, Surendranagar, Surat and Shamlaji. People have been cautioned against being out on the city roads. Traffic comes to a standstill on many areas of the city.

    Input from Binita Parikh/101Reporters

  • 13:47 (IST)

    Traffic comes to standstill in Delhi

    Traffic came to a standstill in Lutyens' Delhi on Monday as hundreds of protesters marched in unity against the dilution of the SC/ST Act.

    The protesters gathered at Mandi House protesting the Supreme Court order banning automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. They blocked road outside the Mandi House Metro Station, bringing traffic to a halt as commuters faced inconvenience while travelling towards ITO and other stretches.

    The protesters also blocked one of the carriageways of Barakhamba Road affecting the traffic on the stretch, police said. The city police has also curtailed the traffic movement on Sansad Marg from Patel Chowk to Jantar Mantar.

  • 13:43 (IST)

    Man griveously injured, bleeds from head, in violence in Uttar Pradesh

  • 13:42 (IST)

    Protesters reach Board Office in Bhopal

    Protests reached the Board Office in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Minor lathicharge by police was reported by shop owners of the area when protesters were force shutting the shops at the Board Office crossing. Most of the shops on main road were closed. 
     

    Input from Shilpa Bhowmick/101Reporters

  • 13:37 (IST)

    WATCH: Shots fired in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh during protests

  • 13:21 (IST)

    Firing in Meerut collectorate

    As the violence intensified in Meerut, protestors vandalised the town collectorate and court premises while burning several vehicles. Intermittent firing could also be heard from the collectorate. 

    Input from Kamal Bhargava/101 Reporters

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Steps will be taken to maintain law and order, says Delhi Police

    Delhi Police spokesperson Deependra Pathak told ANI: "Delhi Police is alert. We have adequate police deployment at places and senior officials are also present in the field. All steps will be taken to maintain law and order."

  • 13:17 (IST)

    Protesters block Connaught Place in Delhi

    Traffic snarls could be seen at Connaught Place in New Delhi as Dalit protesters reach the commercial hub of the city. Vehicles had to be diverted to other roads in light of the ongoing Bharat bandh.  

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Protesters squat on tracks, disrupt rail services in Delhi

    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, officials said.

    Services were disrupted when a mob arrived at the Ghaziabad yard around 10 am on Monday, Northern Railway officials said. Many trains, such as Saptakranti Express, Utkal Express and the Bhubaneswar and Ranchi Rajdhani as well as the Kanpur Shatabdi, were stopped ahead of Ghaziabad in Meerut and Modinagar, officials said.

     mob of about 2,000 people disrupted trains at the Hapur station as well, disrupting the movement of many goods trains, they added. Delhi Police and Railway Protection Force personnel have been working to get people off the tracks. In some areas, operations have been restored, the officials said. -PTI

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Supreme Court's remarks have hurt us badly, says Dalit MLA from Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani

  • 13:03 (IST)

    WATCH: Youths supporting Dalit organisations take out motorbike rally in Jalandhar

    Input from Sadhia, Jalandhar/101Reporters

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Window panes smashed in Fatehabad during attempt of forceful shutdown

    Input from Sahil Rukhaya/101Reporters

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Visuals of protests from Ghaziabad

  • 12:54 (IST)

    BJP MP Savitri Phule attacks own party, says Dalit atrocities increased across India

    BJP MP Savitri Phule has launched a tirade against her own party and told CNN-News18, "Case of atrocities on Dalits have increased across India and in Uttar Pradesh. Why was justice not being done in cases of atrocities against Dalits? BJP leaders are giving statements about diluting reservation. These rights of Dalits were given by the Constitution. Dalit rights are being ignored and I will go to any extent to defend it. I don't care if I will remain a MP or not."

  • 12:51 (IST)

    WATCH: Protesters vandalise vehicles, set them ablaze in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh

    Input from Shahrukh Khan/101 Reporters

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Opposition making issue out of non-issue, says Ram Vilas Paswan

    "Many Dalits have Ram as part of their names. Ram Nath Kovind, Ram Vilas Paswan, Kanshi Ram — several Dalit leaders have Ram in their names. We call him (BR Ambedkar) Babasaheb in short.  So, to make an issue out of a non-issue is how they function. The Opposition should not make an issue out of everything," Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday. 

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh urges protesters to maintain peace

    Union home minister Rajnath Singh urged protesters to maintain peace in the bandh going on across the country. "We have filed the review petition in Supreme Court. I appeal to all political parties and groups to maintain peace and not incite," he said. 

Bharat Bandh Latest Updates: One person has also died in Rajasthan as the son of village sarpanch died in violent protests. Four people were reported killed in Madhya Pradesh, while one person was killed in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut.

The Supreme Court of India has admitted the Centre's review petition in the SC/ST atrocities act case. The Government of India had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court on its order on the atrocities on SC/ST act after violent protests broke out across North India. The Centre has told the court that granting an anticipatory bail to a accused in such a case could terrorise the victims.

The outer circle in Delhi's Connought Place choker blocked as lakhs of Dalits protested at the heart of the national capital. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has declined to grant urgent hearing on the PIL filed against the court's order SC/ST atrocities act.

Violence continued to escalate in Madhya Pradesh where two people have now been killed and 15 injured, reported CNN-News18. One of the deaths was reported from Morsena while the other one reportedly took place in Gwalior.

Protesters squatted on tracks in several places outside Delhi, stopping trains, including the Dehradun Express and the Ranchi Rajdhani, to enforce the Bharat Bandh against the dilution of the SC/ST Act, officials said.

Services were disrupted when a mob arrived at the Ghaziabad yard around 10 am today, Northern Railway officials said.

Many trains, such as Saptakranti Express, Utkal Express and the Bhubaneswar and Ranchi Rajdhani as well as the Kanpur Shatabdi, were stopped ahead of Ghaziabad in Meerut and Modinagar, officials said.

As the violence intensified in Meerut, protestors vandalised the town collectorate and court premises while burning several vehicles. Intermittent firing could also be heard from the collectorate. Traffic snarls could also be seen at Connaught Place in New Delhi as Dalit protesters reach the commercial hub of the city. Vehicles had to be diverted to other roads in light of the ongoing Bharat bandh.

 Bharat Bandh 2018 updates: Death toll rises to 7, five killed in Madhya Pradesh alone; 448 protesters detained in UP

Protesters halt trains and bus services in Bihar's Jahanabad district. Image by 101 Reporters

One person was killed in the violence in Morena in Madhya Pradesh. Security officials imposed curfew in the area following the incident. Curfew was imposed in parts of Gawlior in Madhya Pradesh on Monday after violence intensified in the city. The police also imposed Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than four people in the area) imposed in Sagar.

The Centre on Monday filed a review petition on the Supreme Court verdict 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," Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media.

Protests by Dalit organisations took a violent turn in Uttar Pradesh districts of Agra, Saharanpur, Meerut, Bagpat over the issue of the amendment in SC/ST Act. Bikes were torched in Agra and some buses vandalised in Sahranpur.

Mortal remains of the Indians killed in Iraq are set to reach Punjab on Monday amid the ongoing bandh. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged protesters not to obstruct movement of vehicles carrying remains.

Daily life was disrupted across Punjab, Bihar and Odisha as protesters poured out onto the streets to demonstrate against the Supreme Court ruling on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. To maintain law and order, 12,000 additional security forces personnel including state police, Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force were deployed in different parts of Punjab.

Protesters in Bihar, Odisha and Agra took to the streets and blocked train movements across Jahanabad, Arrah and Sambhalpur. Women also took part in large numbers in Agra. To maintain law and order in Punjab, the state government appointed gazetted officers drawing the grade pay of Rs 5,000 and above as Executive Magistrates till 3 April for the district in which they are posted.

Following the Bharat Bandh called by Dalit organisations, officials suspended internet services including dongle in Punjab. The state government also asked the army to remain on standby mode to face any untoward situation arising out of the bandh.

In view of a bandh called by a number of Dalit organisations on Monday to protest the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, the Punjab government has ordered a security clampdown as a precautionary measure, while the Army and paramilitary forces have been asked to be on standby. Schools will remain shut and buses off the road. A spokesperson of the Punjab government said mobile Internet services in the state will remain suspended from 5 pm on Sunday till 11 pm on Monday in a bid to check rumormongering on social media.

All public and private transport will stay off the road during the bandh to prevent any untoward incident, the spokesperson said. The orders were issued after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reviewed the security arrangements with top police and administration officials. It was followed by a video conference involving the Chief Secretary, deputy commissioners and other senior officials of all districts, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Security forces conducted flag marches at some places in the state today as a precautionary measure. Elaborating on the precautionary measures taken by the government, the spokesperson said four battalions each of the Rapid Action Force and the Border Security Force, and 12,000 additional police personnel will remain on duty tomorrow to maintain law and order.

Buses run by the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), Punjab Roadways, PunBus, and private operators would remain off the road during the bandh, the spokesperson said. Banks will also remain closed, he said.

According to an order by the DPI (Colleges), all "government colleges, government-aided colleges, private colleges, government and private universities", will remain closed tomorrow in view of the proposed bandh. Likewise, all government, non-government/private, aided and recognized schools would also remain shut tomorrow.

The final practical examinations of classes 10 and 12 of the Punjab School Education Board will be conducted on April 11 instead of April 2, according to the directions of the Education Department. Asking security forces to deal with an iron hand any attempt to disturb peace and harmony in Punjab, the chief minister appealed to the organisations, which have called the bandh to protest the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, not to take the law into their own hands, obstruct transport movement or harass commuters.

The armed forces and the paramilitary will be on standby to render any assistance as needed, the spokesperson said, adding that the chief minister had directed the police to crackdown on anyone found trying to disrupt peace and harmony.

"Punjab being a key route for transportation of essential provisions to the armed forces at the borders, any disruption on the highways could seriously hamper the supply of the necessary supplies," he said. The chief minister also appealed to the protestors to ensure that the mortal remains of the Iraq victims, which are expected to arrive in Amritsar tomorrow, are allowed to be transported to their native villages without any impediment.

He also directed the Punjab Police to provide security for the same along the route -- from the airport to the respective native villages of the victims.

Noting that the central government had already announced its decision to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order diluting the provisions of the SC/SC Act, the chief minister said the SC/ST communities should defer their protest till a final decision on the petition.

Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs, Justice and Jails has through a notification authorized all district magistrates to "declare any place to be a special jail under the Punjab Jail Manual in view of the bandh call".

The government has also appointed special executive magistrates for the maintenance of law and order, up to April 3, in their respective districts under Section 21 of the CrPC. The apex court had on March 20 diluted the provisions of the Act, in a bid to protect honest public servants discharging bona fide duties from being blackmailed with false cases under the Act.

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Updated Date: Apr 02, 2018 19:11:47 IST