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Bharat Bandh: 4 killed in clashes in MP as Dalit protests turn violent

Prime News,National, New Delhi, April 2:- At least four people were killed in Madhya Pradesh as a number of Dalit organisations today staged a protest across several cities and towns in the states of north India as part of the countrywide agitation called by them against the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act banning automatic arrest and registration of cases.

Heavy police force was deployed at Mandi House in view of the protests. Similar protests have been reported from Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi and Jharkhand.

Shouting slogans of ‘Jai Bhim,’ the protesters also blocked one of the carriageways of Barakhamba Road affecting traffic on the stretch, police said.

A number of Dalit organisations have called for a Bharat Bandh today to protest against the Supreme Court order claiming that it has created a feeling of insecurity among the members of the marginalised communities and that getting justice will be even more difficult now.

They said the Centre had announced that it will be filing a review petition only after they called for a bandh demanding that the law that protects the Scheduled Castes and Tribes against discrimination and atrocities be restored in its original form.-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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