Normal life was affected in several states across country in the wake of Bharat Bandh called by Upper Caste Hindu dominated organizations against the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act popularly kown as SC/ST Act.
“Trains were forcibly halted, railway tracks, national and state highways blocked in Bihar and several other states as upper caste communities on Thursday tried to impose Bharat Bandh called to protest against the SC/ST Act. Road blockades by protesters in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan also affected the normal life.” India TV reported.
At Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Jan Adhikar Party Leader and MP Pappu Yadav had a scuffle with Bandh supporters and a clash has been reported.
Reports coming from different electronic channels confirm that thousands of protestors took to streets and paralysed normal life in many districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi NCR. Shopkeepers kept their shutters down and movements on roads slowed down. Schools and petrol pumps were reportedly closed.
At some places, clashes between the protestors and shopkeepers have also been reported. In Madhya Pradesh at some places, the administration imposed prohibitive orders under section 144 of CRPC.
Madhya Pradesh has been reported most affected in North India during ‘Bharat Bandh” call by upper class Hindu communities against SC/ST Act.
‘Bharat Bandh’ call was given by Upper Caste Hindus dominated organisations on Thursday against SC/ST Act.