New Delhi: One person died in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena – some 450 kilometres from the state capital of Bhopal – as police personnel clashed with a group of demonstrators protesting against the dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act following a Supreme Court order.
Rahul Pathak was reportedly standing on the balcony of his house in an area where demonstrators clashed with police personnel. During the unrest, a bullet was fired – hitting Rahul who died en route to the hospital.
Visuals of #BharatBandh protest from Morena over the SC/ST Protection Act: Protesters block a railway track. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/8DAKAHWPSb
— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2018
While a curfew has been imposed in in Morena, similar instances of violence have been reported from many other parts of the country. Protestors resorted to stone pelting in Agra, cars and public buses were burnt in Meerut, shops were vandalised in Hapur, halting long-distance trains across Bihar, sloganeering in Delhi’s Mandi House. Reports of violence also came in from Punjab where CBSE exams had to be put off and security heightened.