Bhojpur: Tribal and Dalit rights organisations have called for a nation wide shut down on Tuesday to protest against the Supreme Court order on their eviction from their habitat. On the down line of the Aara railway station in Bhojpur, Bihar, the protesters stopped the 19421 Ahmedabad-Patna Express and raised slogans against the central government.
Clashes between Bandh supporters and police were witnessed. Bandh supporters climbed the engine of the train and did fierce sloganeering.
In the appointment of teachers in the universities of the country, there is resentment among people of Dalit tribal communities about the implementation of 13 point roster against SC / ST and backward class reservation. Protesters said that the current government wants to prevent people belonging to backward classes, including Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, to become teachers.
The groups have demanded that the Centre promulgate two ordinances to secure their rights that have been affected by Supreme Court decisions: the first to secure the forest rights of tribals, and the second to ensure fair representation in UGC faculty posts.
Several Bahujan groups will also be part of the protests, especially in view of the Supreme Court’s recent dismissal of a review petition on a 13-point roster, which will affect the chances of SC, ST, and OBC candidates to take up faculty posts in universities. Dalit rights demand the department-wise recruitment system in universities be nullified.