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India: protests on April 10 (Bharat Bandh)

The Centre Monday advised all states to beef up security and prevent violence during the Bharat Bandh called by some groups tomorrow reportedly against caste-based reservations in jobs and education, an official said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also said the districts magistrates and SPs will be personally held responsible for any violence in their area of jurisdiction.The missive came a week after a similar protest saw massive violence in different parts of the country leading to the death of about a dozen people.

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.”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 said.The states have been asked to intensify patrolling in all sensitive locations so as to prevent any loss of life or damage to property.

“The advisory stressed that district magistrates and superintendents of police be made personally responsible for ensuring that law and order situation remains firmly under control in the areas of their jurisdiction,” the official said.

Section 144 has been imposed in Jaipur for tomorrow. No procession or dharna is allowed and action will be taken if someone is found to be indulging in the same. Adequate security forces have been deployed,” Sanjay Aggarwal, Commissioner of Jaipur Police was quoted as saying by ANI while responding to reports of Bharat Bandh on Tuesday.

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, tomorrows protest is being reportedly called by people opposed to caste-based reservations in jobs and education.