Jamshedpur : Bandh supporters torched of a heavy vehicle goods laden truck at Barabanki under MGM police station on NH-33 between Jamshedpur and Ghatshila).
MGM police station OC, Arvind Kumar said that the truck was carrying garments products from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and was bound for Cuttack in Odisha. Some miscreants had stopped the truck and torched after forcing the driver and cleaner to get off the truck at around 4.30 am. Soon after getting information we rushed three fire-tenders who doused the flames. We have lodged an FIR against unknown persons.
Shops remained closed since morning (at around 9 am) till afternoon (at around 1.30 pm) in commercial areas of the city while auto-rickshaws and private town buses—two of the main mode of public transport– remained off the road till late afternoon. However, long distance buses plied normally, barring few operators who did not took the risk of damage to buses, by bandh protagonists on NH-33.
The Supreme Court observed in a judgment on March 20 that the anti-atrocities law, which protects Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from casteist slurs and discrimination, has become an instrument to “blackmail” innocent citizens and public servants.
Issuing a slew of guidelines to protect public servants and private employees from arbitrary arrests under the Atrocities Act, the court directed that public servants can only be arrested with the written permission of their appointing authority.
In the case of private employees, the Senior Superintendent of Police concerned should allow it. But Dalit organisations, including the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch, and some political parties fear the dilution of the provisions might lead to increase in violence against Dalits.
The city roads wore deserted view as shops, other commercial establishments and petrol pumps etc. remained closed in downtown Jugsalai, Sakchi, Bistupur, Golmuri and other areas during the bandh. The police arrested 991 bandh supporters from different parts of the city.
Barring stray incidents of smashing of glass panes of some vehicles including a bus in Mango, the bandh was peaceful and spontaneous, official sources said.
A resident said that the present situation is due to increase in crime and criminal activities which can be controlled with general positive consciousness and mind set of the local people to fight against it and give support to administration.
He said that East Singhbhum is fast developing due to it’s proximity with the mineral rich area. This has seen a massive influx of population from all over the country. This also brings in the bad and rogue elements with it. Law and order is becoming an issue of concern.