Death toll rises in Indian nationwide riots by Dalits

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Death toll rises in Indian nationwide riots by Dalits

NEW DELHI - Nine people were killed in clashes on Monday as Dalit groups carried out protests across several northern states, even as the Centre moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its recent judgment in the matter.

Clashes with the police, attacks on buses and government property, and blockades of trains and roads were reported across states including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar.

The maximum deaths were reported in MP, with the police saying three people were killed in Gwalior, two in Bhind and one in Morena. Curfew was imposed in many parts of the state and internet services were withdrawn to prevent rumours.

The home ministry said central forces were sent to Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab to control the protesters.