New Delhi, April 2: A new born baby lost his life on Monday due to the ongoing protest by the several Dalit organisations across the country, against the Supreme Court verdict on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The child reportedly died on his way to Sadar hospital from Mehnar PHC in Hajipur.
Reports claimed that the ambulance of the child got stuck in a jam due to the bharat bandh, following which he could not survive and died before reaching Sadar hospital.
Meanwhile, the nationwide shutdown has taken a violent turn killing four people in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan appealed for calm. “The Union government has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court. Our government is committed to protect the rights of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes. People should maintain peace,” Chouhan said. He also held a meeting with senior civil and police officers to take stock of the situation. (Also Read: Bharat Bandh: Rajnath Appeals Dalit Groups For Peace as Violence Spreads Across States)
In wake of the Bharat Bandh call, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) postponed exams of class 10 and 12 students scheduled for April 2. Initially, the Bharat Bandh call was given by Dalit group Sanvidhaan Bachao Sangharash Committee and later was backed by All India Adi Dharam Mission and All India Adi Dharam Sadhu Samaj.
On March 20, the apex court had introduced the provision of anticipatory bail in the act while directing that there would be no automatic arrest on any complaint filed under the law.