Bharat bandh: Massive protests over SC, ST Act in Bihar, shutdown in parts of UP, MP

Some organisations have given a call for Bharat bandh against the SC/ST Amendment Bill passed in the Parliament last month

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Bhopal: Normal life was partially affected in several parts of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday as several organisations staged protests as part of a countrywide agitation against the SC/ST Amendment Act.

Protests against the amendment to the SC/ST Act have affected several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh also. Three trains were stopped in different areas in Bihar. The protest march was taken out in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi and Agra.

A high alert has been announced in Madhya Pradesh even as security beefed up across 35 districts. Petrol pumps remained closed today across Madhya Pradesh after Bharat Bandh was called by a raft of groups.

Meanwhile, several social groups took out a protest march in Noida on Thursday. There are reports of protest from Rajasthan’s Alwar also.

Some of the upper-caste protesters have also been targeting elected representatives and raising slogans against the political parties for voting in favour of the amendment.

Over the past few days, Madhya Pradesh has witnessed protests in districts like Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Mandsaur, and Neemuch, with upper-caste people — and at many places people belonging to Other Backward Classes — joining hands to gherao legislators, demanding that reservation be rolled back and the checks introduced by the apex court be re-introduced.

Section 144 of CrPc has been imposed in most parts of the State in view of the bandh call and 34 units of the special armed force of police have been deployed in various districts. Schools and petrol pumps remained shut across districts and internet services are likely to be affected.

 

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