Bharat Bandh: Home Ministry Asks States To Beef Up Security


New Delhi: The Centre on Monday advised all states to beef up security and prevent violence during the Bharat Bandh called by some groups on April 10 reportedly against caste-based reservations in jobs and education.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the district magistrates and SPs will be personally held responsible for any violence in their area of jurisdiction. According to news agency PTI, an official of the MHA said the ministry has issued an advisory to all states to take necessary precautionary measures in view of the calls on social media for Bharat Bandh on April 10 by some groups.

Police have been put on alert in the state of Rajasthan.While the April 2 Bharat Bandh was called by groups opposing the alleged dilution of SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act by a Supreme Court order, April 10 protest is being reportedly called by people opposed to caste-based reservations in jobs and education.

The directive by the Home Ministry comes a week after a similar protest saw massive violence in different parts of the country leading to the death of about a dozen people. “The MHA has advised the states to beef up security and make appropriate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident, including the issue of prohibitory orders, if necessary,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Around 6000 personnel will be deployed in Bhopal to ensure a peaceful environment. In Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad, classes for standard one to nine have been called off in all schools as a precautionary measure in the light of reports of Bharat Bandh.