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

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.

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

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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."

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. 

15:37 (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.

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."

12:43 (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. 

12:18 (ist)

District magistrates, SPs to take strict action against arsonists

Uttar Pradesh principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar has issued orders to District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of all districts, to take strict action against those involved in violence and arson.

Speaking to News18 on the issue, DGP of Uttar Pradesh Police, OP Singh said that police forces are on high alert and no one will be allowed to take the law in their hand. “There is no restriction on peaceful protests but police will tackle those who would indulge in violence. Additional forces have been deployed to control the situation if needed. All senior police officers will be on field to handle the situation,” he said.

10:03 (ist)

Bus, train services affected in Odisha's tribal-dominated districts

Vehicular traffic including bus services were affected in tribal-dominated districts of Odisha, according to News18. Buses remained off roads in Rourkela, Biramitrapur, Malkangiri and Bolangir.

Besides, shops and markets were shut in Malkangiri in the wake of the bandh call. The Adivasi Dalit Sena staged a rail roko at Khetrajpur station in Sambalpur following which Sambalpur-Puri and Sambalpur-Rayagada trains were halted at the station.

Meanwhile, the Adhikar Surakhya Manch, the Adivasi Mulabasi Bancaho Manch and the JMM have extended their support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call.

08:55 (ist)

Review petition against SC/ST verdict should be filed: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Speaking to ANICongress leaders Abhishek Manu Singh said, "Of course, a review petition (SC/ST Protection Act) should be filed and its the right of the g government. It is a legal procedure. The basic question is to why they were unable to present the case properly before the Supreme Court and lost. An inquiry is needed," he said. 

08:06 (ist)

Copy of CBSE circular announcing postponement of Class 10, 12 exams in Punjab

In the view of the Bharat Bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the alleged "dilution" of the SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has postponed Class XII and Class X examinations scheduled to be held on Monday in Punjab.

"Taking congnisance of the letter of the director general (school education), the CBSE decided to postpone all class 12 and 10 examinations scheduled for 2 April, 2018 in the state of Punjab," CBSE said in a statement issued late in the night on Sunday.

"Exams will carry on as per schedule in Union Territory of Chandigarh and rest of the country," it said. The next date of the examinations in Punjab will be announced soon by the board, it added. 

Image courtesy: Arjun Sharma/ Ludhiana 

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Apr 02, 2018 - 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. 

Apr 02, 2018 - 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. 

Apr 02, 2018 - 17:32 (IST)

A look at sharp increases in cases of caste conflicts

Apr 02, 2018 - 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. 

Apr 02, 2018 - 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. 

Apr 02, 2018 - 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

Apr 02, 2018 - 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."

Apr 02, 2018 - 16:46 (IST)

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

Apr 02, 2018 - 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. 

Apr 02, 2018 - 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. 

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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