Bharat Bandh passes off peacefully in State capital

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 10:15:02




Staff Reporter

Bhopal heaved a sigh of relief, as second ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by supporters of the strike, mostly from upper caste, to protest reservation in jobs and education, passed off peacefully on Tuesday. Shops, schools, offices and colleges in the State capital remained open on the one-day Bandh call. However, shops remained closed in morning hours in view of the Bandh call but later on they opened. Administration had clamped prohibitory order (Section 144) was imposed in State capital. Heavy police force was deployed to handle any kind of untoward situation in the city.

As many as 6,000 police personnel were deployed in the city who were instructed to immediately record video from their mobiles if they witness any violent protest in order to identity the culprits involved in the incident. The Police Department had also kept a close eye on social media as the protest call was circulated mostly through social media. At all the prominent squares like Board Office Square where statue of Dr Ambedkar installed, heavy police force was deployed. Normal traffic was operated on prominent routes like Link Road no-1, Board Office Square, DB Mall, Jyoti Talkies Square, Roshanpura Square. However, parents did not send their wards to schools preferring to put them at home. Previously, it was heavy violence, so parents had bitter experience so they did not send their wards on Tuesday. So attendance was poor in schools. Some shops remaining closed during the morning hours. Even though schools were opened, their bus services were suspended.


Parents were also alert as they dropped and they picked up their wards. Shops in the main markets, including New Market, MP Nagar, Chowk Bazar, Bairagarh, Budwara, Hamidia Road, remained opened throughout the day like usual days. Even all the shopping malls like DB Mall, Ashima Mall, C-21 Mall, People Mall, Aura Mall, remained opened. Normal trading picked up afternoon as shops are usually opened after 11 am in prominent commercial complex. Besides, police team patrolling which was carried on throughout the day from the morning, gave a message and induced a sense of security and safety among the traders. Some groups called for Bharat Bandh protesting against reservation system while some other groups will be protesting against the violence that erupted during the nationwide Bharat Bandh strike called by Dalit groups on April 2 to protest the Supreme Court verdict on SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act that claimed many lives.