Life normal in UP despite Bharat Bandh call

Life normal in UP despite Bharat Bandh call

Life normal in UP despite Bharat Bandh call

Traffic on Samastipur-Patna and Samastipur-Darbhanga main roads were disrupted for several hours due to bandh.

During Tuesday's Bharat bandh in Arrah, Bihar.

A nationwide "bandh" was called today by several groups, who are opposed to the caste-based reservations in education and jobs, largely through social media. On April 2, widespread violence flared up across five states as Dalit groups called for a Bharat bandh in protest against a Supreme Court order.

In Uttar Pradesh, life by and large remained normal.

# 09:05 AM: Protests against caste-based reservations in jobs and education: Visuals from Bihar's Arrah where protesters have stopped a train.

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Extra security has been put in place for Rajasthan's Jaipur, Alwar, where a man died last week, and Bharatpur.

"The situation in the state (Rajasthan) is peaceful", ADG (Law and Order) N.R.K. Reddy told PTI in Jaipur. "We have also asked them to issue prohibitory orders if necessary", an official said.

Additional security have been deployed in Ara. The protesters are sloganeering to abolish the caste-based reservation system.

Bandh supporters squatted on tracks near Kashichak railway station disrupting movement of trains on Kiul-Gaya section.Several trains were stranded at Kashichak, Warsaliganj, Nawada and Tilaya railway stations.

Bandh supporters have taken to the streets, organised a bike-rally in Rajasthan's Jhalawar. Supporters of the strike, mostly from upper castes, blocked roads and railway tracks and forced markets to shut down in almost half-a-dozen districts. Internet services will be suspended at 9am, today. Gwalior, Bhind and Morena have been marked as sensitive areas.

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Western Odisha was mostly affected following the shutdown call.

Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Aggarwal had said on Monday that no procession or protest will be allowed on Tuesday and Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of more than four persons, would be imposed in the city.

Bhopal range Deputy Inspector General of Police Dharmendra Choudhary had said yesterday that the social media messages were being monitored. Vehicles are being checked on roads across the state. District authorities have also shut down the internet at various places. The police have arrested 127 people in connection with the protests, ANI reported.

The home ministry and state governments stepped up their security measures with alacrity, in order to pre-empt a repeat in the mass casualty and detainment from the previous Bharat bandh.

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