Uttar Pradesh, Apr 2: Tension gripped several states on Monday as Dalit outfits called for Bharat Bandh on April 2, Monday against the Supreme Court order on SC/ST Atrocities Act. While mass agitation has been reported from several states since morning, violence was witnessed in several parts of Uttar Pradesh. Protesters turned violent and forcibly shut down shops in Gorakhpur city. They even damaged several shops and created a ruckus.
Meerut was the most affected city in Uttar Pradesh where mobs turned aggressive and torched the Shobhapur Police outpost in Kankarkheda area. Several government buses and private vehicles were also burnt by mobs. A bus carrying passengers was also attacked by protesters with stones and bricks in Meerut. A similar environment prevailed in Saharanpur, Hathras, Allahabad and Kanpur. Police had to use force to bring the situation under control.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condemned the widespread violence and asked people to maintain peace, law and order in the state.
Meanwhile, Moradabad, too, saw hundreds of protesters engaging in verbal battle with the shopkeepers, which ultimately led to shops being closed. Carrying swords, sticks and baseball bats, protesters turned into hooligans and damaged property too. Protests took an ugly turn in Hapur as a police inspector along with a few civilians got injured. Hapur City Police Inspector Pankaj Lavania sustained injuries during the protests.
All hell broke loose in Agra, where protesters resorted to stone pelting in the major market areas of the city. Agitators protested against the against the alleged dilution of the SCs/STs Act.