Sporadic incidents of violence mark Bharat Bandh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Apr 2018 10:26:11


Staff Reporter,

Heavy protest at Samvidhan Square and Indora Square

Trains stalled on Nagpur-Delhi route

Four buses ransacked, one set on fire

More than 100 persons booked for violence

Barring sporadic incidents of violence, the bandh called by various Dalit organisations against directives of Supreme Court on SC/ST Atrocities Act, passed off peacefully on Monday. North Nagpur witnessed heavy protests and violence as the protesters torched a bus and ransacked another. Two trains were also held-up for sometime by the protesting youth.

People owing allegiance to various groups of Dalit organisation gathered at Samvidhan Square in large numbers and stalled traffic movement there for an hour. However, the bandh was partial in rest of the Nagpur.
Large number of protesters gathered at Indora square since morning and registered protest against dilution of SC/ST Atrocities Act. The protesters enforced bandh in some of the areas of North Nagpur by taking out bike rallies. Traffic movement from Indora Square was badly affected due to the protest.

Protests picked-up at Samvidhan Square from afternoon shifting focus of bandh to centre of city. Some over eager people took to middle of the road leading to road blockade from 1.30 pm. The traffic movement was blocked for two hours at the square. A group of activists from North Nagpur took out protest march from Indora Square to Samvidhan square during the afternoon.

A delegation of Dalit Orgnaisations later met District Collector and submitted a memorandum of their demands.
Maharashtra Matang Ekikaran Samiti led by President Prakash Dongre, Civil Rights Protection Cell (CRPC) led by Dr. Milind Jiwane, Jati Ant Sangharsh Samiti led by Bhimrao Chikate and Lok Janshakti party present Satish Lonare held protest on Monday during Bharat Bandh.

A bus torched, four ransacked

A Star Bus was torched near Indora ground while four buses were ransacked on Kamptee Road and at Medical Square. According to NMC, a Star Bus (MH-31/EN-0407) heading towards to Sonegaon from Jaripatka was set on fire by the protesters near Indora ground at 12.50 pm. Prompt action on part of police saved further damage to the bus. Only two seats of the bus were gutted.
The protesters pelted stones and damaged windshields of two buses (MH-31/CA-6009 and MH-31/CA-6051) at Medical Square while two Star Buses (MH-31/CA-6157 and MH-31/CA-6146) were targeted on Kamptee Road.

Tamil Nadu Express train stalled

Unruly mob stopped superfast Tamil Nadu express near Gaddigodam bridge and also pelted stones on loco of a goods train. According to officials of Railway Protection Force (RPF), the mob stopped Tamil Nadu Express at 2.45 pm to protest SC’s ruling. The train was waiting for the signal on the outer on Gaddigodam bridge when some youth came on the tracks and unfurled a flag, the RPF said. Staff of RPF and Government Railway Police (GRP) rushed to the spot and cleared the tracks. The agitators also pelted stones on a passing goods train. A loco pilot Virendra Singh sustained minor injuries in the attack. The RPF have videographed the protest and the culprits will be arrested soon, said RPF.

100 booked for violence

The police have booked more than 100 activists across the city for violence and protest. A police officer informed that offences were registered at Pachpaoli, Gittikhadan, Sadar, Sitabuldi, Jaripatka, New Kamptee
police stations. The accused will be booked after their identification, the officer said. Eight congnisable offences and five non-cognisable offence were registered at the before mentioned police stations.

Kanhan bandh successful

The bandh called by Dalit organisations was successful in Kanhan town on Monday. Group of Dalit organisations gathered at Buddha Vihar in Ganesh Nagar and taken out a morcha in the town in police bandobast. Dalit leaders including Chandrashekhar Bhimte,
Prem Rodekar, Prashant Waghmare, Vinayak Waghdhare, Bhagwan Nitnawre were prominently present during the protest march.
The agitators held protest at the office Kanhan Municipal Council and raised slogans against government.


Shops damaged in Sadar

The protesters ransacked five cars and six shops on Residency Road in Sadar area of city. A police officer of Sadar Police Station said, shops including Kohinoor General Agency, Dinshaws Ice-cream parlour, Mehandibagh Shop and Nagpur furniture were damaged by the protesters. Mohit Chawda of Kohinoor General Agency informed that a complaint was lodged at Sadar police station against miscreants.