States are taking steps to tighten security as protests intensify in several state capitals amid a call for Bharat Bandh.
The Gautam Buddh Nagar police on Sunday reiterated that CrPC section 144 is imposed in the district and asked people to not engage in any activity which disrupts law and order. In Uttar Pradesh, police arrested at least 250 people under what are called preventative arrests. Some demonstrators accused the police of using excessive force.
After more than 10 states witnessed protests against the government’s new ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment scheme last week, a nationwide shutdown call – for ‘Bharat Bandh’ – has been given by some groups on Monday. This comes a day after the service chiefs ruled out rolling back of the plan and revealed the recruitment timelines.
States on high alert
– The Kerala Police said its entire force will be on duty today to arrest anyone engaging in violence or destruction of public property.
– The Gautam Buddh Nagar police on Sunday reiterated that CrPC section 144 is imposed in the district and asked people to not engage in any activity which disrupts law and order.
– In Jharkhand, schools have been shut on Monday amid the bandh call. The ongoing examinations of Classes 9 and 11 have also been postponed, news agency PTI reported quoting officials.
– The Bihar government has also increased security at party offices considered vulnerable. As ofnow, internet services remain shut in 20 districts.
– Security personnel deployed at Howrah Station, Howrah Bridge, Santragachi Junction, Shalimar railway station and other locations in Howrah in view of BharatBandh called by some organisations.