Bharat Bandh: Nationwide protest against SC/ST Act Amendment

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The Bharat Bandh gained steam in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and several other places on Thursday morning against the recent amendment of SC/ST Act. 

The bandh has been called by 35 organisations linked to the upper caste communities, who are protesting against the recent amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Security has been beefed up in some areas and the prohibitory orders have been imposed under Section 144 in sensitive areas.

Schools will remain closed as a precautionary measure in various areas of Madhya Pradesh and Petrol pumps across the state will also remain closed.

Protestors stopped trains in Bihar Darbhanga and Munger’s Masudan stations and burnt effigies in UP and MP.

Many companies of the special armed force of police have been deployed in various districts. It may be recalled the large-scale violence on April 2 this year during the Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups.