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Bharat Bandh HIGHLIGHTS: Several injured in Bihar clashes, internet suspended in UP’s Saharanpur

Bharat Bandh HIGHLIGHTS: The Union Home Ministry on Monday issued a nationwide advisory to ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to prevent any violence during the anti-quota bandh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 10, 2018 10:28:11 pm
Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Over a dozen injured in Bihar clash, Internet suspended in Saharanpur According to security sources, calls for an anti-quota bandh started circulating on social media after Dalit protests last week. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Over a dozen people were injured in the violent clashes between supporters of the Bharat bandh and a pro-reservation group comprising OBCs and Dalits on Tuesday. The bandh have been called against caste-based reservation in education and jobs.

This comes a week after Dalit groups across the country held a nationwide protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court, which witnessed massive violence in different parts of the country leading to the death of nine people.

The Union Home Ministry on Monday issued a nationwide advisory to ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to prevent any violence during the bandh. The bandh call has not been endorsed by any major outfit. Little-known groups, such as Sarv Samaj from Rajasthan, have also issued statements calling for the bandh. According to security sources, calls for an anti-quota bandh started circulating on social media after Dalit protests last week.

Separate security alerts have also been issued in a number of states, particularly in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, from where the deaths were reported on April 2. The latest bandh call does not seem to have gained much traction among states in south, west and north-east India, officials said. Click here to read more

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20:51 (IST)10 Apr 2018
Situation in Madhya Pradesh remains peaceful at large

Unlike the previous Bharat Bandh that saw Madhya Pradesh as being worst hit by acts of violence and hooliganism, Tueday's anti-reservation stir hardly provoked any act of violence in the state. "The bandh passed off peacefully in the entire state. At Sidhi, some people tried to take out a protest march but they were dispersed after the police lobbed tear gas shells," Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Makrand Deouskar told news agencyt PTI.

20:34 (IST)10 Apr 2018
No impact of Bharat Bandh in Uttar Pradesh

The "Bharat bandh" had no impact in Uttar Pradesh today with life remaining by and large normal across the state, a senior police officer said. "There was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the state and life was normal," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Praveen Kumar told reporters at the Home department's briefing here. In state capital Lucknow, life was normal with traders opening their shops and vehicles plying on the roads. Government and private offices and schools too functioned without any hinderance.

-PTI

18:59 (IST)10 Apr 2018
Clash reported from Punjab's Ferozepur, three injured

A clash has been reported from Ferozepur in Punjab where Dalit shopkeepers were allegedly forced to shut their shops by 'general category' people. As a result, three people have been injured and at least four motorcycles have been damaged. "One person got injury due to sharp edged weapon while two others have blunt injuries. It is yet to be ascertained whether it was a clash between two communities, though clash happened over difference of opinion over closing shops,"  Amarjeet Singh, SP(Headquarters) told Indian Express. 

17:58 (IST)10 Apr 2018
Shops remain shut in pockets of Punjab

Commercial oulets remained shut in parts of Punjab including Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Sangrur and Bathinda. News agency PTI reported that several protests were observed in the state across multiple locations. 

17:46 (IST)10 Apr 2018
127 people arrested Bihar for anti-reservation protests

A total of 127 people have been arrested in Bihar connection  to the Tuesday's protests that were called to oppose the caste based reservations in education and employment, reports ANI. The protests reportedly turned violent as protesters pelted stone on police authorities. 

16:16 (IST)10 Apr 2018
Stone-pelting reported in Bihar

Protesters  in Gaya's Manpur resorted to stone-pelting as they clashed with the police, reported ANI. 

(Photo: ANI)

15:40 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Over a dozen injured in Bihar clash, Internet suspended in Saharanpur According to security sources, calls for an anti-quota bandh started circulating on social media after Dalit protests last week. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

14:42 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Recap: A nationwide anti-quota bandh call today received mixed reactions with shops remaining closed in some parts of states such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan amidst heavy security arrangements, while internet services were restricted in a few sensitive areas. Reports from Bihar showed attempts to block trains, while some schools suspended their bus services in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP), which was the worst hit during the April 2 nationwide bandh called by Dalit groups with at least eight people being killed in violent protests.

14:39 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Jaipur police commissioner Sanjay Agrawal said that senior police officers are in the field and reviewing the situation.  

14:39 (IST)10 Apr 2018
"No incident has occurred so far"

“We have made elaborate security arrangements and the situation is quite normal. No incident has occurred so far. Prohibitory orders are in place and mobile internet services have been blocked in Jaipur,” Jaipur police commissioner Sanjay Agrawal said.

14:38 (IST)10 Apr 2018

The police administration tried to meet the organisers of the bandh, but no one came forward as its convener. “Since there is no responsibility of the bandh call, it is likely that anti-social elements may try to disrupt peace. Therefore, tight security arrangements are in place today,” the ADG said.

14:38 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were imposed and mobile internet services blocked in Jaipur. District police chiefs and collectors have been asked to take prompt action in case of untoward incident. There was no demonstration or rally in favour of the bandh in Jaipur. Public vehicle services were normal.

14:37 (IST)10 Apr 2018

ADG (Law and Order) NRK Reddy said that the situation in the state is peaceful. Paramilitary forces including contingents from BSF and CRPF have been deployed in sensitive areas across the state, the police officer said.

14:35 (IST)10 Apr 2018
Mixed reaction to anti-quota strike in Rajasthan

The nationwide strike evoked mixed response in Rajasthan as well, with the authorities imposing prohibitory orders and blocking mobile internet services in the state capital to prevent violence. In some parts of the state including Jaipur, shops and business establishments remained shut and private schools were closed.

14:20 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Morena had witnessed widespread violence during the 'Bharat bandh' on April 2 called by Dalit outfits protesting against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

14:20 (IST)10 Apr 2018

"Curfew will be in place from 7 am to 9 pm today in Morena. We have no information about the organisations that have given the call for the bandh. The night curfew that started on April 2 continues," Morena's collector Bhaskar Lakshakar said.

14:09 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Bhind's collector Illayaraja T earlier said six companies of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), a specialised riot control unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and the state police's Special Armed Force have been deployed.

14:02 (IST)10 Apr 2018

DIG, Chambal region, Sudhir Lad said that curfew was imposed in Bhind from 9 pm yesterday and would continue till 6 pm today. "Internet services in the Chambal region too have been blocked to prevent rumour-mongering," he said.

14:02 (IST)10 Apr 2018

Bhopal range Deputy Inspector General of Police Dharmendra Choudhary had said yesterday that the social media messages were being monitored. He had warned that those spreading the hate messages would be booked under the Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience to order promulgated by public servant.

13:46 (IST)10 Apr 2018
Anti-quota 'bandh' evokes partial response in MP

The security arrangements across Madhya Pradesh have been beefed up in the wake of a shutdown call reportedly given by the groups opposed to caste-based reservations. The officials said the call for the bandh was given on social media and no organisation had come forward so far to claim responsibility for it. The internet services too have been blocked in the Gwalior-Chambal region to prevent rumour-mongering.

No impact of Bharat Bandh call seen as yet in Meerut. The latest bandh call does not seem to have gained much traction among states in south, west and north-east India, officials said. MHA had issued an advisory that some groups would be protesting against caste-based reservations in jobs and education.

With inputs from agencies

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