New Delhi, April 2: Schools to remain closed in few parts of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday following nationwide bandh called by various organisations in protest against the Supreme Court’s ruling on amendments under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989.
The cities including Hapur, Ghaziabad, Agra, Meerut have issued order to shut down schools as a precautionary measure except those schools which are conducting board examinations will remain open. However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) smoothly conducted Class 10 and 12 board examinations at various centers across the nation.
Till now 10 people have died in different parts of the country during the protest. In Uttar Pradesh, two protesters were killed in Muzaffarnagar district. A new born baby who was on his way to Sadar hospital from Mehnar PHC in Hajipur also lost his life due to the ongoing protest across the country. 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.
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.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati also extended her party’s support to the protests saying,”I support the protest against the SC/ST Act. I have got to know that some people spread violence during the protests, I strongly condemn it. Our party is not behind the violence during the protests.” However, she assured strict action against those who spread violence during the protests.
On March 20, the apex court had introduced the provision of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST act while directing that there would be no automatic arrest on any complaint filed under the law.