The Central Government on Monday lent out an advisory to all state governments to beef up security and do the necessary to prevent violent situations due to the anti-reservation quota protests which has led to “Bharat Bandh”, today (April 10).

After facing the Dalit raw recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs India has advised all state governments to ensure peace in the states and avoid violent clashes while protesting against the class-based reservations in job and education. The Ministry has also warned that if any violence occurs in certain area, the district magistrates and superintendents of police of the particular jurisdiction will be considered responsible. The MHA has also issued an advisory to all state governments to take all necessary precautionary actions including monitoring and controlling social media for the Bharat Bandh announced by some groups today.

Acting as per the advisory, state governments have intensified police patrolling in all sensitive locations and additional security has been added in places needed. Despite all the measures, reports suggest that hundreds of youths have begun protests opposing the caste-based reservation to SC/ST and OBCs for employment and education. Certain groups of youth have roads at several places, halted trains and forcibly closed markets in Patna, Begusarai, Lakhisarai, Muzafffarpur, Bhojpur, Sheikhpura and Darbhanga districts.

Separate security alerts have also been issued in a number of states, particularly in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, from where the deaths were reported on April 2. In Rajasthan, prohibitive orders have been imposed in Jaipur and no procession will be allowed today so that peace can be maintained in the city. Besides this, to stop the spread of violent and provocative information and content, mobile internet service has been suspended in Jaipur till midnight to ensure peace.

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