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Bandh call evokes lukewarm response in state

4/11/2018

Bus, train passengers endure hardship, many schools remain shut

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal A nationwide anti-quota bandh call, given largely through social media, turned out to be a damp squib in Madhya Pradesh with virtually no impact on the ground amid heavy security arrangements. The bandh call was ineffective in Bhopal, Indore, while in Jabalpur the bandh was total. Shops remained closed in some parts of Madhya Pradesh for a few hours and internet services were restricted in sensitive areas to check “rumour-mongering”, but normal life remained largely unaffected, officials said. Today’s bandh call was made as a counter to the nationwide protest by various Dalit groups last week, which had turned violent in several states with at least 11 persons losing their lives, including eight in Madhya Pradesh. While schools remained open in Bhopal, some of them suspended their bus services. Officials in Madhya Pradesh said that the bandh call was given on social media and no organisation had come forward so far to claim responsibility for it. However, no demonstration or rally took place and transport vehicles plied normally, though some private schools were closed. Daytime curfew was imposed in Morena and Bhind, from where casualties were reported during the Dalit bandh. Besides, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were in place in Gwalior,Bhopal, Sagar and some other sensitive towns of the state to avoid any untoward incidents. There has been no impact of the alleged bandh so far. The state police is also keeping a watch on the social media, MP Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters. The internet services too have been blocked in the Gwalior-Chambal region to prevent rumour-mongering, officials said. They warned that those spreading hate messages would be booked for disobedience to order promulgated by public servant. However, no demonstration or rally took place and transport vehicles plied normally, though some private schools were closed. Daytime curfew was imposed in Morena and Bhind, from where casualties were reported during the Dalit bandh. Besides, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were in place in Gwalior, Bhopal, Sagar and some other sensitive towns of the state to avoid any untoward incidents. “There has been no impact of the alleged bandh so far. The state police is also keeping a watch on the social media,” Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters. The internet services too have been blocked in the Gwalior-Chambal region to prevent rumour-mongering, officials said.They warned that those spreading hate messages would be booked for disobedience to order promulgated by public servant.

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