Daily Archive: March 27, 2018

Dalit activists protest against SC verdict on SC/ST Act

Phagwara (Pb), Mar 27  Dalit activists today staged a protest against the Supreme Court’s order diluting a law on atrocities against dalits and tribals.

Led by Valmiki leader Dharamvir Sethi, the protesters burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and gave a call for a strike in Phagwara on April 2 in protest against the dilution of the Act, the police said.

The protesters first assembled at Valmiki Chowk in Bansawala bazaar, the police said, adding that after passing through city bazaars, they converged at National Highway 1.

After holding a demonstration there and raising slogans against the BJP-led NDA government, they set ablaze the prime minister’s effigy.

Addressing the protesters, senior Valmiki community leaders Dharamvir Sethi and Satish Salhotra alleged that the Modi government was anti-dalit.

“By letting the provisions of the Act diluted, the Modi government wanted to subject dalits to more atrocities,” one of the protesters alleged.

“We will not allow it to happen. We will fight tooth and nail against it. Phagwara will observe complete Bandh on April 2 to protest dilution of SC/ST Act,” the protester said.

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court took note of the rampant misuse of the stringent Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against government servants and held that there shall be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law.

Before arresting a public servant under the Act, a preliminary probe by an officer not below the rank of deputy superintendent is a must, the court said.

Source: PTI

Two arrested for robbing armyman in southeast Delhi

New Delhi, Mar 27  Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing an Armyman of his wallet and mobile phone near the Okhla railway station in southeast Delhi, police said today.

With the arrests, police claimed to have solved eight cases of snatching.

The duo, Deepak (19) and Danish (22), used to target passengers in slow moving trains near the Okhla railway station, they said.

As soon as the train slowed down further, one of them would snatch articles from unsuspecting passengers and get down immediately while the other would physically block the victim, police added.

They also committed snatchings near the Okhla Mandi area, officials said.

On March 7, Danish snatched the mobile phone of the complainant seated near the train door, deboarded the train and tried to escape along with his associate while the victim gave them a chase, they added.

Source: PTI

Fire at a chemical factory in Mundka

New Delhi, Mar 27 (PTI) A fire broke out in a chemical factory in outer Delhi’s Mundka today, a Delhi Fire Services official said.

A call was received at 6.40 pm about the blaze and 22 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, he said.

The official could not share information about what caused the fire.

Fire-fighting operations are still underway and details about casualties and other information are awaited, he said.

Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed) degree holders held a protest in front of BJP state headquarters in Lucknow

Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed) degree holders held a protest in front of BJP state headquarters in Lucknow, demanding lifting of stay on their recruitment, imposed by the government for review of the papers cleared under previous state government