Bharat Bandh : 4 dead in MP; SC declines hearing of SC/ST case, says there’s is no urgency

Several Dalit organisations have called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ today against the alleged “dilution” of the SCs/STs Act. Following the SC order, in which Apex Court had banned automatic arrests in the said Act, the protests today have hit life in several states.

Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda to shut down. Similar protests have been reported from Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi and Jharkhand.