MP remains tense but largely peaceful during Bharat Bandh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 10:48:57



Staff Reporter

Madhya Pradesh remained tense but peaceful during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by ‘Sawarna’ people in protest against amendment in the SC/ST Act on Thursday. At some places, protestors came face to face with police and latter had to use force to disperse them. Protestors tried to stop trains in Ashok Nagar and one more place in the State. Police cane-charged protestors in Shahdol. However, no violence was reported from any other part of State. IG (intelligence) Makrand Deoskar told media persons that largely ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by ‘Sawarna’ people passed off peacefully in State. There was no violence. It was at a few places wherein police have to use force to disperse demonstrators. Police had to use force in Ashok Nagar, Guna, Bhind, Alirajpur, Satna, Rewa, Shahdol, Sidhi etc. In Ashok Nagar, protestors tried to block movement of train by sitting on railway track. In Rewa, bunch of protestors barged into the police control room and created hullaballoo. In Bhind, son of an MLA was arrested as part of precautionary measures.

There was commotion like situation in Aron of Guna district and police lobbed tear gas to disperse the protestors. Moreover, protesting people burnt tyres in Rewa to register their protest. “Arrests were also done in some places,” he claimed. In the meantime, throughout the day in the State, people remained glued to their television sets to get updates of the protest taking place in various parts of State. Government tried to get information of every second of happenings and police personnel remained on toes to control the protestors.

In Vidisha also, people have come on roads to register their protest against amendment in SC ST Act which according to them is not correct and is dividing the society. Employees union SAPAKS, Karni Sena etc were part of demonstration.

There was wide impact of ‘Bharat Bandh” call as markets were completely closed and vehicular movement was at lowest level on roads.

Sources said that SAPAKS was angry with lathi charge done by police against protestors in Shahdol. It is learnt that after cane charge, SAPAKS delegation has gone to PHQ to give memorandum to DGP over Shahdol incident. SAPAKS told that Bandh call received overwhelming response.

Heavy police force remained deployed in sensitive regions of state such as Chambal, Gwalior belt etc.