Bharat Bandh: Section 144 imposed in various parts of country

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Over a dozen of people, according to the police, were injured on Tuesday in violent clashes in Bihar during the "Bharat Bandh" called by various groups, mostly caste Hindus, to protest against reservation policies, that the "lower caste" Dalits have been rallying for.

A report from Ara said supporters and protesters of Bharat Bandh indulged in fierce gun battle in Anand Nagar locality under Town police station area in the district headquarters.

A nation-wide shutdown has been called by some outfits today against the caste-based reservation in jobs and education.

First came violent protests by Dalit groups across northern states on April 2 against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act that left 11 people dead and hundreds others injured.

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Internet services have been suspended in Nainital, Uttarakhand, many parts of western Uttar Pradesh, parts of Alwar. The Union Home Ministry all the state governments to be active to avoid any violence during the protest that causes loss of life and property. Moreover, a section of educational institutions, shops as well as business establishments remained closed in Bolangir, Mayurbhanj and Rayagada districts.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to all states asking them to make necessary arrangements and issue prohibitory orders, if necessary.

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of Bharat bandh observation by various groups across the country, the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) postponed its semester exams were scheduled on Tuesday. Police Commissioner Sanjay Aggarwal during a press conference said that no procession or protest would be allowed on Tuesday and strict action needs to be taken against offenders.

Agitated youth and supporters of anti-reservation protests have disrupted rail and road traffic in Bhojpur, Bihar.

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In Bhopal, the call for a strike by groups opposed to caste-based reservations reportedly elicited a "partial response", and the town saw some shops remaining closed for the better half of the day.

Gwalior collector Rahul Jain said prohibitory orders will remain in force for the next few days.

While schools remained open in Bhopal, some of them suspended their bus services.

Daytime curfew was imposed in Morena and Bhind, from where casualties were reported during the Dalit bandh. Mobile internet service has also been blocked for 24 hours in Jaipur as a precautionary measure, the official said.

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