On Monday, thousands were detained by the police and hundreds were left injured and at least eight people were killed in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as the state and central governments struggled to control the massive protests that erupted across the north, west and east India over the Supreme Court’s alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.
Expressing her party’s support to protests against the Supreme Court order “diluting” provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, BSP supremo Mayawati alleged that some anti-social elements instigated violence leading to loss of lives and damage to properties.
She also said, “the judgment was a result of the lackadaisical attitude of the Narendra Modi government on the issue.”
Even as the Centre promised to submit a review petition against the Supreme Court judgment, Dalit organizations went ahead with their call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday that ended up in large-scale violence, arson and clashes.
Transport, mobile and internet services were hit in many states with over 100 trains getting affected due to protests.
Some states ordered educational institutions to remain shut as a precautionary measure as incidents of arson, firing and vandalism were reported from MP, UP, Rajasthan, Bihar and Punjab.