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Bharat Bandh protest: 4 killed in MP’s Gwalior, Morena; top 10 developments

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Dalit organisations across the country have called a ‘Bharat bandh’ on Monday to protest a recent Supreme Court ruling “diluting” the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The protests left four people dead in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena and Gwalior, where a curfew was later imposed. The Modi government on Monday filed a review petition on the Supreme Court judgment on the SC/ST Act. Protests turned violent in Rajasthan’s Barmer, with cars and property being damaged. Similar reports emerged from Meerut. Visuals from protests in Gwalior showed shots being fired during the protests, news agency ANI reported.

Nineteen people were on Monday injured in Gwalior. Of them, two were said to be in a critical condition, news agency ANI reported. Further, internet service has been blocked in Gwalior district till 6:00 am tomorrow.

Speaking on the protests, Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan today told news agencies that one can understand if the people are protesting, but why is the “Opposition playing politics”. Paswan said that parties like the Congress, which did not give the Bharat Ratna to B R Ambedkar, are now acting like his followers.

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