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Bill to recover property damages from protestors passed in Madhya Pradesh Assembly without debate

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The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill for recovery and redressal of damage to public and private properties during protests by a voice vote and without any debate, PTI reported.

The Madhya Pradesh Damage to Public and Private Property Recovery Bill, 2021, was tabled by Home Minister Narottam Mishra. Congress MLAs staged a walkout complaining that Leader of the Opposition Kamal Nath did not get a chance to speak on the resolution related to the Other Backward Classes reservation in the state.

“Those who thrown stones from their houses and cause damage to public and private property will now come under the ambit of law,” Mishra said, The Indian Express reported. “They will not be spared. This Bill has also been brought in so that anti-social elements and those causing riots will now fear the law.”

If Governor Mangubhai Patel approves the Bill, Madhya Pradesh will become the third Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state after Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to formulate such a law.

Uttar Pradesh had approved an ordinance in March 2020 to recover damages from Citizenship Amendment Act protestors. Haryana had passed a Bill for the recovery of damages in March this year amid the farmers’ protest against the three agricultural laws.

The Bill’s provisions in Madhya Pradesh allow authorities to recover…

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