New Delhi: In view of ‘Bharat Bandh’ which has been called by nearly 35 outfits linked to the upper caste to protest against the recent amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, all schools and colleges in Gwalior and Bhind will remain closed today, that is, September 6. Apart from the closing of schools in one or two districts, security has been beefed up across the state. Petrol pumps will also be shut down today.

Madhya Pradesh Petrol Pump Owners Association president Ajay Singh said that petrol pumps will remain shut from 10 am to 2 pm today due to security reasons. Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) Makrand Deuskar said that orders have been issued prohibiting the gathering of large numbers. He said, “The administration in most of the districts has clamped prohibitive orders under CrPC section 144 in view of the bandh on September 6.” Deuskar added that nearly 34 companies of the special armed force of police have been deployed in various districts.

Also, keeping in mind the chaos which the social media sites create, Jabalpur district collector Chhavi Bharadwaj has written to the state home department, seeking suspension of Internet services in the district till 6 pm tomorrow. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Satna, Bhind, Shivpuri, Gwalior and other districts of MP.

Protests against the amendment to the SC/ST Act were held in the state on Wednesday. Black flags were shown by protesters to former Union minister and senior BJP leader Prahlad Patel at Tikamgarh while he was addressing the party’s OBC workers. Also, protesters shouted slogans outside the venue of BJP’s OBC cell’s meeting in Gwalior.