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Rajasthan bandh in protest against SC/ST Act amendments tomorrow

The Sarva Samaj Sangharsh Samiti has called for a nationwide shutdown on September 6 in protest of the amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act implemented by the central government. The state police have stepped up security to keep an eye on the law and order situation.

September 5, 2018, 4:44 pm

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Jaipur: The Sarva Samaj Sangharsh Samiti has called for a nationwide shutdown on September 6 in protest of the amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act implemented by the central government. This decision was taken in the meeting of the committee on Tuesday. Office-bearers and representatives of all the societies, including Rajput Samaj, Kayastha Mahasabha, Yadav Samaj, Vaishya Sabha, Gurjar Mahasabha, Parashuram Sena, Brahmin Mahasabha with others were present in the meeting. Monks and religious gurus are also supporting this protest. According to the Samiti officials, the central government wants to create misunderstanding and rivalries among castes. Messages are getting viral on social media platforms across the state related to the Bharat band (Nationwide shutdown) on September 6. The state police have stepped up security to keep an eye on the law and order situation. As a precautionary measure, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in several districts of Madhya Pradesh ahead of Bharat Band against SC\ST Act. A nationwide alert was sounded by security agencies regarding the proposed Bharat bandh. Around 35 organizations have come together and called for the nationwide shutdown on September 6. Earlier this year on March 21, the Supreme Court had removed the strict provision of mandatory arrests and introduced new guidelines under the SC\ST Act, quoting that the misuse of this act is taking place. This decision had triggered nationwide protests by Scheduled Castes organizations on April 2, forcing the center to bring an amendment to the Act during the monsoon session to overrule the SC order.

First published: September 5, 2018