An advisory was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to all the states asking them to take necessary precautionary measures in the view of Bandh called for Tuesday. Just a week passed after Dalit groups across the country held a nationwide protest against the alleged dilution of the Atrocities Act ( SC/ST Prevention Of Atrocities Act) by the Supreme Court, which saw the violence in different parts of the country which lead to the death of nine people, another ‘Bharat Bandh’ was called against caste-based reservation in education and jobs has been called today. As per the reports by security sources, calls for anti-quota bandh were circulating on social media after seeing the Dalit protests. As part of security preparation, alerts have been issued to a number of states particularly to Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as these were the places where the protests lead to deaths on April 2. “No group has come forward to say they are organising a call for a bandh. These messages are doing the rounds in social media,” said Jaipur police Chief Sanjay Agarwal. “We are holding meetings with community liaison groups and traders. Nobody will be allowed to take the law into their hands,” he added.
Schools for students studying in between Class I to IX will remain closed today. This will be as a precautionary measure; in the wake of recent Bharat Bandh called on Tuesday. As per the media reports, a shutdown protest has been called by some groups for April 10, who are, as per the reports, against caste-based reservations in jobs and education.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in its advisory said, “MHA has advised the states to beef up security and make appropriate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident, including issue of prohibitory orders, if necessary. It has asked for intensification of patrolling in all sensitive locations so as to prevent any loss of life or damage to property.”
“The Advisory stressed that District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police be made personally responsible for ensuring that law and order situation remains firmly under control in the areas of their jurisdiction,” statement added.
In view of recent Bharat Bandh called by different groups, several prohibitory orders will be clamped in Jaipur. Police Commissioner Sanjay Aggarwal during a press conference said that no procession or protest would be allowed on Tuesday and strict action needs to be taken against offenders. All Internet services will remain suspended in the city till Tuesday night. STF teams have been deployed at different locations of the city, he added.
Along with all these, rail and traffic disruptions were also reported from Bihar’s Arrah. A train was stopped near Arrah station. So advisory orders were issued relating to such circumstances.