New Delhi, Apr 9: Days after the crippling shutdown called by Dalit groups, the country is bracing for yet another Bharat Bandh called by anti-reservation groups on Tuesday. Taking lessons from the April 2 shutdown, the state governments in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have taken preventive action to deal with any untoward incident. The governments in the states have imposed Section 144 (which prohibits assembly) and suspended internet in sensitive areas.
In Madhya Pradesh, Section 144 has been imposed in Bhopal. Around 6000 police personnel will be deployed to ward off any violence. “Section 144 to be imposed in Bhopal tomorrow. Schools will remain open. 6000 police forces will be deployed. Police department to keep a tab on social media, action will be taken against rumour-mongers,” said Bhopal commissioner Ajatshatru Shrivastava. The district administrations of Gwalior, Bhind and Morena have suspended internet connectivity to control rumour mongering.
The Rajasthan government has notified district administrations to be vigilant. Police in Alwar has increased its patrolling in sensitive areas to maintain law and order in the city. Section 144 has been imposed in Jaipur. “Section 144 has been imposed in Jaipur tomorrow. No procession or dharna is allowed. Action will be taken if someone is found to be indulged in the same. Adequate security forces have been deployed,” the police commissioner said.
In Uttar Pradesh, all district police chiefs received an advisory from the state government, ordering them to maintain law and order. Internet services will be suspended in Saharanpur and Hapur. Extra forces have been deployed in sensitive areas.
Section 144 has been imposed in Nainital as well. The district administration has put a complete ban on processions and dharna on April 1o, and strict action would be taken against law-breakers.
The Ministry of Home Affairs advised the states to take precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incident.
“MHA has advised the states to beef up security and make appropriate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident, including the issuance 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.”
10 people were killed in violence in bandh called by Dalit groups, opposing the Supreme Court judgement on SC/ST Act.