The Uttar Pradesh Police have booked nearly 5,000 people on the charges of creating ruckus and damaging public and government properties in Ghaziabad during the protests called by Dalit organisations on Monday against a Supreme Court order, PTI reported.
The police have arrested 32 agitators so far and raids are being conducted to arrest others, Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said. Nine policemen were injured in the agitation in Ghaziabad and are undergoing treatment, he added.
The police have identified 43 places in urban and 17 places in rural areas of Ghaziabad as highly sensitive and security has been heightened on these points.
Dalit organisations held a nationwide stir on Monday to protest against a Supreme Court order on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act. Eleven people were killed in acts of violence across several states during the protests.
The Supreme Court’s order protects a public servant from being arrested under the Atrocities Act without a preliminary inquiry. After much criticism, the Centre filed a review petition before the Supreme Court. However, the bench on Tuesday refused to stay the order.
Mob sets Dalit legislators’ houses on fire in Rajasthan
A mob of 5,000 people in Rajasthan’s Karauli district set ablaze the houses of a sitting and a former legislator – both Dalits – on Tuesday. The police said curfew was imposed in the area after the mob set the houses of MLA Rajkumari Jatav and former MLA Bharosilal Jatav in Hindaun city on fire.
Rajkumari Jatav is an MLA of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, while Bharosilal Jatav was a minister in the former Congress government in Rajasthan.
The police said internet services were suspended in the area. At least 45 people have been arrested for Tuesday’s violence, while 50 were arrested for the violence that broke out in Bharatpur on Monday.
In Alwar, a 27-year old protestor was killed in police firing during the Bharat Bandh protests on Monday, the Hindustan Times reported. Over 1,000 persons have been arrested on various charges, including rioting, vandalism, breach of peace, over the past two days, said Additional Director of General of Police (Law and Order) NRK Reddy told the newspaper.
In Ajmer, former minister Rajkumar Jaipal and former city mayor Kamal Bakolia and 15 others were arrested under Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code for allegedly inciting violence during Monday’s protests, the Hindustan Times reported.