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Bharat Bandh by Dalit groups: Trains services affected as protests block railway lines in Bihar, Punjab and Odisha

Train services at several places across the country were affected after protesters blocked railway lines and stopped trains on Monday morning in the ongoing Bharat Bandh. Daily activities were also disrupted in few states after marketplaces and shops remained shut.

The first reports of protestors stopping train came from Odisha Sambalpur.

In Bihar’s Arrah, different groups including Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation or CPI(ML) activists also stopped a train.

Later they blocked the train at Forbesganj Junction.

In Punjab too, trains were stopped at few places.

The Bharat Bandh strike was called against the Supreme Court’s order to dilute the stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities (POA) Act. The bandh is reportedly being supported by several groups such as the Peasants and Workers Party, the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the Jati Aant Sangharsh Samiti, the Rashtriya Seva Dal, and National Dalit Movement for Justice, among others.

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