Central forces sent to MP, UP, Punjab

Protest in New Delhi

New Delhi, April 2: The Union Home Ministry on Monday said it has sent central forces to assist Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in maintaining law and order in the wake of nationwide protests against the dilution of the SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

“The Ministry is in constant touch with the states. Whichever state has asked for Central forces, they have been made available immediately. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have so far requested for Central forces. Rapid Action Force and paramilitary forces have been made available,” a ministry statement said.

The ministry has also asked the states “to take all preventive measures and maintain public order and ensure the safety of lives of people and property.”

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged political parties to avoid tensions.

“A review petition has been filed in Supreme Court today. I would appeal to all to avoid tensions. I seek their support.

“We should not create a situation that leads to communal tensions. It is the moral responsibility of all the political parties to cooperate so that any kind of tensions can be avoided,” he told media persons here.


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