Bhopal/Lucknow, Apr 4: In the wake of a violent protest against the Supreme Court ruling on SC/ST Act, curfew remained imposed in various areas of Gwalior, Bhind and Morena districts of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. Internet services restored in Gwalior, while it remained suspended in Bhind and Morena.
Following incidents of violence during the Bharat Bandh protests, the Madhya Pradesh government ordered to suspend arms licenses in Bhind district’s Mehgaon, Gohad and Machhand. Curfew restriction in Gwalior, Bhind and Morena will be relaxed only between 10 am and 12 noon. On Tuesday, 50 people were arrested for pelting stones at a police party in Morena.
Uttar Pradesh is returning to normalcy gradually but all schools in Agra, barring those where board exams are underway, will remain closed today. The Office of the District Magistrate issued the directive, keeping in view the safety of students. One person was killed on Monday as violence singed many parts of the state.
After the death of a sub-inspector, who was severely injured during protests, in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur yesterday, the death toll in the violent clashes across states rose to 11. The Dalit community on Monday called for nationwide bandh against the alleged dilution of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court.
The apex court had, on March 20, introduced the provision of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act while directing that there would be no automatic arrest on any complaint filed under the law. The Centre filed a review petition in the apex court asking it to reconsider its ruling.
However, the top court declined to stay its ruling, which activists say has diluted a law aimed at preventing atrocities on Dalits and tribes, as it asserted that it wanted to protect innocent people from being punished.