Two men were arrested on Thursday for their alleged involvement in the protests in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district during the April 2 Bharat Bandh, PTI reported. With this, 100 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
“The two men have been identified as Neeraj Chandolia (28) and Jai Kumar (32),” said Kotwali police officer Yogendra Yadav. “The accused had been on the run after the protests across Madhya Pradesh that led to the death of one person in Morena. We used CCTV footage to identify them.”
The police had also announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for information on the accused, said Yadav. A constable at an SC/ST police station in the district was arrested on Sunday and charged with attempt to murder, conspiracy and rioting, The Indian Express had reported.
Violent protests also broke out in Gwalior and Bhind districts on April 2. The shutdown was organised by Dalit groups to protest against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted certain provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Nine people were killed in the violence – six in Madhya Pradesh, two in Uttar Pradesh and one in Rajasthan.