Various upper caste and OBC outfits have called Bharat Bandh on September 6 against the SC/ST Amendment Bill passed in the Parliament in July. As a precautionary measure, authorities have imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in five districts – Section 144 imposed in Satna, Bhind, Shivpuri, Gwalior – of Madhya Pradesh. These cities had witnessed widespread violence during April 2 Bharat Bandh called by various Dalit groups against an order passed by the Supreme Court allegedly diluting the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Police have beefed the security across the state in view of the ongoing protests. According to media reports, around 35 organisations have called for a bandh in the state.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had introduced safeguard measures and removed the provision of immediate arrest under the SC/ST Act. The Supreme Court’s order triggered the massive protests by various Dalit organisations, compelling the Narendra Modi government to restore provisions of the SC/ST Act by bringing an amendment to the Act during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Authorities in Madhya Pradesh are on their toes as people in the state are protesting against the amendments in SC/ST Act since past one week. Meanwhile, authorities in Noida are also concerned in view of protest called by people representing unreserved catetgory.
The representing groups wants reservation on the basis of economic status, not on grounds of caste and religion.
A representative of the Noida Enterpreneurs Association (NEA) said they will be taking out a protest march from the Noida stadium to the district magistrate’s office. They will handover a memorandum to the district magistrate, he added. The protest will start at 10:00am on September 6.