Train Traffic Affected by Bharat Bandh Called by Upper Caste Groups

Protestors block railway tracks at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Thousands of activists representing various upper caste organizations in Patna on Thursday blocked railway tracks at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in response to nationwide Bharat Bandh to protest against recent amendments in the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Act.

Protestors sat on the railway tracks at Rajendra Nagar Terminal paralyzing all railway traffic for nearly an hour affecting about half a dozen passenger trains.

When police tried to remove them, they were faced with stone pelting and other objects by the protestors. Many of them were taken into custody for disrupting peace and assaulting railway officials.

Opposing any further change in the SC/ST Act, members of many upper caste outfits siding with the Supreme Court, said reservation had served its purpose and now was the time to include poor people from upper caste also in the gamut of the SC/ST law.

Protestors outside JD-U office in Patna on Thursday.

Protestors also created ruckus outside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal – U offices in Patna though there was no one at the office to react to their antics. They then headed to Dak Bungalow Crossing where many of them were arrested by the security officials.

As recalled, Supreme Court recently ordered dilution in the quantum of punishment in cases involving violation of the SC/ST laws.

Trains were stopped across the state though no major case of violence was reported from any part of Bihar.

East-Central Railways Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said trains were stopped from moving on Patna-Delhi and Patna-Howrah lines including at Barh, Pandarak, and Mokama, and Jha Jha causing much inconvenience to the passengers.

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