Curfew in Bhopal, Jaipur, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Odisha as another Bharat Bandh in progress

Internet services shut for day in Jaipur, schools closed in Firozabad district of UP on account of Bharat Bandh, Section 144 imposed in Bhopal

The Hush Post: On account of Bharat Bandh call given by some groups who are against caste-based reservation, the district administrations across the country have taken precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incidents. On Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also had issued an advisory to all the states and Union Territories (UTs) to beef up security as precautionary measures.

In Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh, schools for students of classes upto 10 are closed today in the wake of Bharat Bandh called by some groups who are reportedly against caste-based reservations in jobs and in educational institutions, Business Standard reported on Tuesday.

In Jaipur, internet services have been suspended in view of the bandh call and prohibitory orders have been clamped. Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Aggarwal said during a press conference no procession or protest will be allowed and strict action will be taken against offenders. Internet will remain suspended in Jaipur till Tuesday night. Special Task Force (STF) teams have been deployed in different localities of the city, the Police Commissioner said.

Meanwhile in Bhopal, section 144 has been imposed in view of Bharat Bandh call. Around 6000 police personnel have been deputed in to foil any untoward incident or violence. In several other districts of Madhya Pradesh also the section 144 has been imposed, and Gwalior, Bhind and Morena are most sensitive areas.

The Madhya Pradesh MP Police have geared up for the shutdown call. This ‘Bharat Bandh’ on April 10 had been given on social media and WhatsApp groups, reportedly by people opposed to caste-based reservations. This led MP cops to issue an appeal to maintain peace and tranquillity.

Addressing media persons, MP Director General of Police (DGP) Rishi Kumar Shukla said the police were fully prepared to handle any situation. “We are appealing to citizens to maintain peace and harmony in the state. But we are equally prepared to deal with any untoward situation,” Shukla said.

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