States brace for Bharat Bandh against reservation system, Home Ministry issues advisory

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 10, 2018 13:48 hrs
Students and members of a tribal community in Jharkhand's Ranchi held a protest march against baton charge by police during Bharat Bandh on March 2

New Delhi: A shutdown has been called by some groups for April 10, who are reportedly against caste-based reservations in jobs and education.

Although the section has been imposed in several other districts of Madhya Pradesh, but Gwalior, Bhind and Morena are deemed to be the sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, security has also been tightened in Rajasthan's Alwar and police are carrying out patrols in several areas.

The section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits assembly of five or more people in an area where it has been imposed, has been imposed in Rajasthan's Jaipur and Bharatpur, Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal and Uttarakhand's Nainital.

In Bharatpur, section 144 has been imposed until April 15.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday issued an advisory to all states to take necessary precautionary measures in the view of Bandh.

The MHA, in its advisory, said, "MHA has advised the states to beef up security and make appropriate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident, including issue 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."

Schools for students of Class I to IX will remain closed today as a precautionary measure.

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