Bhind (MP), Apr 7 (PTI) Four Madhya Pradesh government employees have been suspended by the collector of Bhind for allegedly taking part in the “Bharat bandh” called by Dalit outfits on April 2 to protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Bhind Collector Illaiyaraja T said Suresh Kaushal and Yogesh Gupta, both assistant grade 2 employees, Pravesh Dohre, a peon, and Mahesh Verma, an assistant clerk, were placed under suspension yesterday.

The four were posted at the district collectorate and a probe had revealed that they had participated in the April 2 protests, the collector added.

In another development, Bhind Superintendent of Police (SP) Prashant Khare said a reward of Rs 10,000 was announced for information leading to the arrest of those absconding after being accused of violence during the protests.

He added that a person identified as Gajraj Jatav, who had allegedly incited violence during the shutdown, was arrested from Bhopal following a tip-off.

The accused is the husband of Sanju Jatav, a former chairperson of the local Janpad Panchayat, the police said.

The protests in Bhind had accounted for four of the eight deaths reported on April 2 from across Madhya Pradesh, officials said.

Three people had died in Gwalior and one in Morena, they added.

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