The BJP-led Centre on Monday advised all states to beef up security to prevent violence and any untoward incident during the Bharat Bandh called by some groups on Tuesday reportedly against caste-based reservations in jobs and education.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that all districts magistrates and superintendents of police will be personally held responsible for any violence in their jurisdiction area.
The direction came a week after the Dalit protest which had led to massive violence in different parts of the country leading to the death of 10 people.
“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,” a MHA official said.
“The MHA has advised the states to beef up security and make appropriate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident, including issue of prohibitory orders, if necessary,” the official said.
The states have been asked to intensify patrolling in all sensitive locations and deploy security personnel at strategic locations 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.
While the April 2 Bharat Bandh was called by groups opposing the alleged dilution of SC/ST (prevention of of atrocities) Act by a Supreme Court order, Tuesday’s protest is being reportedly called by people opposed to caste-based reservations in jobs and education.