New Delhi, April 9: In the wake of ‘Bharat Bandh‘ called by anti-reservation groups on Tuesday, section 144 will be imposed in Bhopal as a precautionary measure. Many groups have called for Bharat Bandh to protest against reservation system while some groups said that they will be protesting against the violence that erupted during the April 2 Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups.
Several messages were circulated over the social media as well as WhatsApp asking people to join the Bharat Bandh. Bhopal commissioner Ajatshatru Shrivastava said that schools will remain open. 6000 police forces will be deployed and the police department is keeping a tab on social media. Action will be taken against rumor-mongers.
Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to all states asking them to make necessary arrangements and issue prohibitory orders, if necessary. The Madhya Pradesh Police have said that they are prepared for the April 10 Bharat Bandh.
“We are appealing to citizens to maintain peace and harmony in the state. But we are equally prepared to deal with any untoward situation. There may be differences among members of different communities, but they should not resort to violence. Peace and harmony are necessary for the state to prosper,” MP DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla said on Friday.
The nationwide shutdown by various Dalit organizations on April 2 called against Supreme Court’s order on SC/ST (Atrocities) Act 1989 had swept many north Indian states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, leaving at least 11 people dead. The protests had turned violent after agitators resorted to stone pelting, damaging properties across the country. Congress President Rahul Gandhi along with other party leaders sat on a fast at Rajghat on Monday, protesting against atrocities against Dalits.