Several Dalit organizations called on a bandh on Monday to express concerns about the alleged “dilution” of the SCs / STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989.
The Supreme Court on 20 March prohibit automatic arrest and registration of criminal cases under the laws of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), Prevention of Victims of 1989, a law that protects marginalized communities from abuse and discrimination.
No arrest can be prohibited under the law
Judge representative AK Goel and UU Lalit have decided that no arrest can be prohibited under the law without intervention. He also ruled that a court may give a preliminary bail if it first finds out that the complaint is a misuse of the law, a fake, motivated and intended to extortion or harassment of a person.
Even if violent protests were reported across the country, the Union government filed a petition for review by the Supreme Court, questioning its ban on banning automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of SC and ST
Here are the latest updates:
13:18: Chhatisgarh Express stopped demonstrators by removing the railway line in MP Moreno. A heavy police force was deployed at Morena Station.
13:16: As protests deteriorate, two RAF companies in Meerut and one Hapur company are represented.
13:14: We salute brothers and sisters from the Dalits community who struck the streets to demand protection of their rights from the modi government, tweets Congress President Rahul Gandhi
दलितों को भारतीय समाज के सबसे निचले पायदान पर रखना RSS/BJP के DNA में है। जो इस सोच को चुनौती देता है उसे वे हिंसा से दबाते हैं।
हजारों दलित भाई-बहन आज सड़कों पर उतरकर मोदी सरकार से अपने अधिकारों की रक्षा की माँग कर रहे हैं।
हम उनको सलाम करते हैं।#BharatBandh
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 2, 2018
1:04: One can understand if people are protesting, but why is the opposition playing politics? Parties like Congress, which Bharat Ratnu did not give to BR Ambedkar, now behave as his followers: the minister of the Ramvilas Paswan
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 2, 2018
12.40: we filed a petition for review at the Supreme Court. I urge all political parties and groups to maintain peace and not to incite violence, ANI spokesman Rajnath Singh said.
12.30: Three people, including two police officers, were wounded because the police had recourse to Lathi’s charge in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Police say the protesters first attack the stones.
12.25: One person was killed and 12 others injured in Moreno (MP) crashes, curfew, reports ANI News.
12:14: There are thousands of demonstrators in Hapuri and Meerutu (UP). Hundreds of vehicles are stranded at the NH58 because demonstrators blocked roads and vandalized vehicles.
12:10: Several people, including journalists, were injured in crashes in Moreno, Bhinda and Gwalior.
12:08: In Mumbai, the memory triggered a tepid reaction. Though Prakash Ambedkar’s Bahujan Bharipa Mahasangh (BBM) supported the bandh, his staff were not seen to take part actively in the morning.
11:53: In Alwar, five people were injured after a trader opened a fire at demonstrators. Thousands of Dalits demonstrators have highlighted the Alwar government hospital and demanded the arrest of the man who set them on fire.
Disregard the law and order ?
11:46: Central and state governments are focused on the well-being caste, SC and ST. I ask everyone to disregard the law and order: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
11:35 am: I would like to point out that today we have filed a motion for a Supreme Court ruling on the SC / ST Act. We have filed a comprehensive petition for review before a lawsuit by Chief Lawyers of the Government: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of EU Law
11:34 AMI reports that several people were injured in Ranchi after a protest and police strike.
11:20 am: In Meerutu, protesters lit the Shobhapur Police Station and vandalized the car and the motorcycle.
11:09: Protests worsen in Barmer, cars and property damaged, informs ANI news agency
11:05 In the sub-Carpathian suburb of Subhanpur, protesters blocked the Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway. Protesters also blocked a panda in Hoshiarpur.
10.50am: Bihar: With posters, banners and flags, supporters of the Bhiman army and other Dalits organizations stopped more than a dozen long-distance trains and as a result passengers were trapped in Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad, Bhagalpur, Ara, Darbhang, Araria, Nalanda and Hajipur.
10.45: In some places in Bihar, protesters also block state and state highways.
10:30: In Kerala, all offices, banks and business operations will be closed. State buses also suspended their services.
10:20: Protests also take place in Agra and Bharatpur. Demonstrators also stopped the train at Patiala in Punjab, according to the ANI news agency.
9.34am: Stores, educational institutions, and other facilities remained closed in Jalandhar and Amritsar.
9:28: Demonstrators stopped the train at the Forbesganj junction in Bihar