Bharat Bandh: Police gear ups for SC/ST act protest
Several minority rights organizations have called a ‘Bharat Bandh’ to protest against the SC/ST amendment act on Thursday. The government has stepped out to tighten security in various parts of the state and appealed to maintain the peace. Madhya Pradesh government has imposed Section 144 under CrPC in four districts of the state – Morena, Shivpuri, Bhind, and Ashok Nagar in view of the protest. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday ordered district collectors and SPs to keep a close watch on the law and order situation in their respective areas to make sure peace isn’t disrupted at any cost during the protest. Chouhan has asked officers to communicate with social workers and public representatives. In the wake of nationwide protests against SC/ST Act Amendment, Bijnor, Hardoi, Azamgarh, Lucknow districts in Uttar Pradesh have been put on alert. Over the past few days, the state has witnessed protests in districts like Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Mandsaur and Neemuch joining hands to gherao legislators, demanding that reservation be rolled back and the checks introduced by the apex court to be re-introduced. The protestors also showed black flags in Guna and Vidisha districts to Union Ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot and M.J Akbar, respectively. Former Union Minister and senior BJP OBC leader Prahlad Patel expressed his displeasure over the SC/ST Act protests.