New Delhi, Aug 13: A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly burning a copy of the Constitution of India in protest against the amendments in the SC/ST Act, police said. The complaint, filed by Akhil Bhartiya Bheem Sena in-charge Anil Tanwar, had alleged that members of the Youth for Equality burnt the copy of the Constitution and shouted slogans against Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, said PTI.
The complainant had also submitted a CD with a video of the incident, police said. During an investigation, it surfaced that on August 9, two different organisations, the Youth Equality Foundation (Azad Sena) and Arakshan Virodhi Party, held a joint protest at the Parliament Street. The Arakshan Virodhi Party participated in the protest under the leadership of Deepak Gaur and Youth Equality Foundation was headed by one Abhishekh Shukla. Three different police’s teams were formed to nab the accused who were absconding. The teams raided the houses of suspects in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh but failed to nab them. Finally, Gaur was caught in Faridabad.
During interrogation, Gaur said that the duo had conspired to burn a copy of the Constitution to draw the Centre’s attention towards the amendments in SC/ST Act, the police said. They burnt a copy of the Constitution and shouted slogans against the SC/ST Act, BR Ambedkar and the Constitution. Later, they issued a press note and ensured that the video went viral via Facebook as they wanted to take their message to the maximum number of people.
In April, Dalits organisations observed a nationwide strike to protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act following a Supreme Court order. Even as the government has filed a review petition, members of the Dalit community are on the street to observe Bharat Bandh in protest. Protesters also turned violent in Agra, Bamar, Saharanpur and Meerut where public and private properties were damaged.