New Delhi: The security has been tightened in various states across the country in view of ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by some upper caste groups against the amendment to the SC/ST Act on Thursday. School holiday has been declared in two districts, including Gwalior, and petrol pumps across Madhya Pradesh will remain closed Thursday while, 10 districts have been put on alert in Rajasthan. Furthermore, a march has been organised by multiple social groups representing people from the ‘unreserved category’ in Noida’s Gautam Buddh Nagar. Stay with us for Live Updates on Bharat Bandh Against SC/ST Act Amendment. Also Read - Man Walks 200 KMs From Delhi to Reach Madhya Pradesh But Dies in Agra
“We have decided to shut petrol pumps from 10 am to 2 pm tomorrow due to security reasons as some organizations have given a call for bandh,” Madhya Pradesh Petrol Pump Owners Association president Ajay Singh told PTI on Wednesday. Following the bandh call, the state police tightened the security arrangements and Section 144 has been imposed in Satna, Bhindh, Gwalior and Shivpuri districts. Also Read - 'Stay Away From Me, I Violated Lockdown,' MP Cop Writes on Forehead of Labourer | Watch
In Rajasthan, a strict vigil is being maintained in all the cities that witnessed some tension earlier in connection with the issue. Additional forces have been dispatched to Alwar, Gangapur City, Karauli and Sikar. Besides, 10 district namely Hindon, Karauli, Lalsot, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Baran, Bharatpur, Jalaur, Sayala and Dhaulpur have been put on alert. Earlier on Wednesday, Jaipur city police held a high-level meeting and discussed the security arrangements made in the wake of the bandh. A notice has also been issued which directed different groups not to take law and order into their hands during the Bharat Bandh. Also Read - In a Touching Gesture, Bareilly Woman Names Her Newborn After Cop Who Helped Bring Her Husband Home
Meanwhile in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida, a protest march will be taken out by the Noida Lok Manch, the Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA), Agarwal Mitra Mandal, Brahman Samaj Seva Samiti along with some trade unions and Resident Welfare Associations. The march in protest against the SC/ST Amendment Act will begin at 10 AM from Noida Stadium. It will move towards the district magistrate’s office where the organisations will hand over a memorandum to the DM, a report claimed. Elaborate security arrangements are in place around the city in the view of protest march.
The bandh comes in the wake of Supreme Court’s order, earlier this year, that removed the strict provision of mandatory arrests under the Act. This decision had triggered nationwide protests by Scheduled Castes organisations, forcing the Centre to bring an amendment to the Act during the Monsoon Session to overrule the SC order.