New Delhi, April 9: Police have beefed up the security in parts of different states ahead of Bharat Bandh called by anti-reservation groups on Tuesday, April 10. Many groups have called for Bharat Bandh to protest against reservation system while some groups say 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.
In Rajasthan, Bhopal heavy police contingent was deployed. Policemen were seen patrolling in the cities to avoid any untoward incident. As many as 6000 police forces will be deployed tomorrow in Bhopal. In Hapur, internet services have been suspended from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. tomorrow. The police department is also keeping a tab on social media and action will be taken against rumor-mongers.
Bhopal commissioner Ajatshatru Shrivastava also said that as a precautionary measure section 144 will be imposed tomorrow but schools will remain open. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also issued an advisory to all states asking them to make necessary arrangements and issue prohibitory orders, if necessary.
On Friday, MP DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla has appealed citizens to maintain peace and harmony in the state. He even mentioned that if any untoward situation comes, we are prepared to deal with it. 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.
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.
During the protests, the Dalit protesters blocked trains and set public property on fire. The violence was reported from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Punjab. Hundreds of protesters carrying swords and sticks forced the shopkeepers to shut down their establishments. Shooting and protesters clashing with police was also reported.