Bihar Bandh : Protest Against SC/ST Act turns violent

Patna , Aug 30 : People belonging to upper castes including Bhumihar Brahman Ekta Manch on Thursday took to streets to protest against the SC/ST Act in Bihar. The protests turned violent in Gaya, Barh, Nalanda and Begusarai as protesters started pelting stones on police personnel in many areas.
Normal life has been paralysed and traffic has been disrupted in many areas across Bihar  as bandh has been called by Bhumihar Brahman Ekta Manch against SC/ST act.

Bihar MLAs belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes had in March protested against the Supreme Court order diluting provisions of the SC/ST Act, forcing adjournment of the House till lunch break. Legislators of RJD, JD(U) and RLSP, a constituent of the NDA, belonging to the SC/ST communities united to protest in the House.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said no one can take away the rights of those belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes nor can reservation be abolished.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday was told that the reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes may be acceptable at the initial stage of appointment but not for promotion as the reservation is for a class of people and not for the individuals in a cadre.

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