Dalit protests turn violent, 9 killed, Life thrown out of gear in Punjab, Haryana

 Life came to a grinding halt in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, and some parts of Gujarat. MP, UP, and Punjab have requested aid from Central forces.

 

The Hush Post: The Bharat Bandh called by dalit outfits against the alleged dilution of the SC/SC (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, took a violent turn on Monday leaving 9 people killed and several others injured.  Life came to a grinding halt in 10 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, and some parts of Gujarat. MP, UP, and Punjab have requested aid from Central forces. It is to be noted that MP and Rajasthan go to polls this year end.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in the wake of Bharat bandh protests,” a spokesperson of Home Ministry said.

Six deaths were reported from Madhya Pradesh, one from Rajasthan and two from Uttar Pradesh. Curfew was clamped in three MP districts, including Bhind, where the Army was called in to control the situation. Internet services were suspended and Section 144 was imposed in certain districts. The police had to resort to firing of tear gas shells and even firing bullets in the air in some places.

In Uttar Pradesh violent protesters looted shops and set to fire buses and private vehicles. A police station and a police post were set ablaze in Muzzafarnagar. In MP, the protestors laid siege to the rail line between Morena and Dhaulpur.  More than 100 passenger and mail train services were affected across the country as protesters squatted on the tracks to enforce an all-India shutdown.

In an official statement, DIG, Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh said, “There’ll be an inquiry on people spreading rumors on Social Media. Detained 448 people for legal action.”

In the states of Punjab and Haryana, normal life was thrown out of gear due to the protests. Amid tight security arrangements, dalits held agitations in various districts. Incidents of arson and vandalism were also reported from the two states. Police baton charged protestors in Haryana’s Yamunanagar. Section 144 was imposed in many parts of Haryana and Punjab. The internet services too remained suspended.

Road and rail traffic remained badly affected in the region. Educational institutions and commercial establishments remained closed and the transport services were suspended by the government. The Class XII and Class X examinations scheduled to be held on Monday in Punjab were postponed by the CBSE at the request of the state government.

In Chandigarh, SC organisations protested at Hallo Majra Chowk.

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