Not many in South India know that there was a severely violent Bharat Bandh on Monday. The bandh was largely a disaster in the South. But in some states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, and Uttarakhand. it was marked by violent incidents in some towns. Eight protestors lost their loves. Public property was wantonly destroyed by vandals. Many were injured in the ensuing violence.
The bandh was reportedly organized by SC groups who are fighting against the "dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act" by a Supreme Court verdict. Although it's the SC that did it, the NDA government has been blamed for the dilution as it's politically expedient to do so. The Centre has filed a "comprehensive review petition" against the order, but the Opposition wants to "paint the Modi government of being anti-Dalit".
The violence, meanwhile, has come to be described as "orchestrated". Paid activists were involved in the vandalism, sections of media and commentators have suggested. The fact the non-BJP states saw little to no violence is proof enough that the violence was hardly spontaneous.