Punjab: Dalit outfits call for bandh tomorrow against SC/ST Act amendment

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 01, 2018, 06:19 PM(IST)

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

A bandh has been called by various Dalit organisations on April 2 to protest against the amendments under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Punjab government announced that transport and mobile internet services will be suspended during the bandh. 

All educational institutions will also remain closed, the government said.

Following the announcement, the Punjab police have also beefed up security arrangements. Heavy police have been deployed at parts that are considered sensitive in the state.

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The Supreme Court on March 20, banned immediate and automatic arrest under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act citing"several occasions"  where innocent citizens were being termed as accused and public servants were hindered from performing their duties under the prevailing Act.

The government on Friday decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court's ruling on the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Media reports said that the law ministry may approach the apex court soon after discussing the case with the Ministry of Social Justice.

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