In Uttar Pradesh, two people died as a result of the massive protests by Dalit groups while one was killed in Rajasthan. "/ countrywide protest against the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court".
Police sources said charges of rioting were filed against the 1,000, of which about 100 were named and 30 were arrested by early evening.
The general secretary of an all-India association for lower castes KP Choudhary said, "The SC/ST Act ensured the protection of Dalits in India by making any discrimination against our community a punishable offense". The judgment appeared to exhibit a further drift away, and an acceptance of demands of other castes (like Marathas in Maharashtra) who have explicitly demanded scrapping of the law.
Several cities across the state observed bandh by traders to protest the loot and arson they were subjected to during the bandh.
The CBSE has already postponed Class 12 and Class 10 examinations scheduled to be held today in Punjab at the request of the state government in view of the "Bharat Bandh".
Four people were killed in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where police also imposed a curfew, Indian television channels reported.
Things returned to normal in western Uttar Pradesh, where about half a dozen districts witnessed large-scale violence. Senior police officers have brought out that the agitation was well orchestrated and liquor and booze were made available to incite the crowds. In Rajasthan, 26 people were injured in Alwar district. A combination of the two parties is being seen as a serious threat to the BJP's chances of repeating its victory in 71 of the 80 seats (plus two seats won by its allies) in Uttar Pradesh, the most electorally crucial state. Dalits are an equally strong presence in north Indian states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, where assembly polls are due by the year end.
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"Three people have been conformed dead in Gwalior", he said.
Trouble was also reported in the capital New Delhi. India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh said at a session in the Parliament Tuesday, "I want to assure the people that there has been no dilution whatsoever by my government, rather after coming to power and examining the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, we have taken a decision to strengthen it". "The Insaaf Yatra strongly condemns the arrest of the minor children in Khatauli and being jailed with adults instead of juvenile homes and calls for strict action to be taken against the police and the judge who has abused the rights of children", the members said. "The Central government is responsible for this loss in the country".
They attacked vehicles, put them on fire and even threw stones at police.
Meanwhile, police and other forces maintained a tight security all over Maharashtra to prevent any untoward incidents in the wake of the shutdown call.
Dalits are some of the country's most downtrodden citizens because of the Hindu caste hierarchy that condemns them to the bottom of the heap.
By the end of 2016, about 90 percent of roughly 145,000 cases involving Dalits were still awaiting trial, government data from previous year showed.