New Delhi, April 9: In view of Bharat Bandh called by anti-reservation groups on Tuesday, section 144 has been imposed in Jaipur tomorrow. Commissioner of Jaipur Police, Sanjay Aggarwal, said that 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. Catch live updates on Bharat Bandh here.
In other states including Madhya Pradesh also section 144 will be imposed to avoid any untoward incident. 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.
In Hapur, internet services have been suspended until tomorrow evening as a precautionary measure. Police will also be keeping a tab on social media. 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.
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.
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.