Security has been tightened in Madhya Pradesh in view of Thursday’s “Bharat Bandh” that has been called by some upper caste groups in protest against the recent amendments to the SC/ST Act.
School holiday has been declared in Bhind district while petrol pumps across Madhya Pradesh will remain closed on Thursday in view of the Bandh.
As a precautionary measure, Madhya Pradesh Police has issued orders prohibiting gathering of people in large numbers in most of the districts.
"The administration in most of the districts have clamped prohibitive orders under CrPC section 144 in view of the bandh on September 6," Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) Makrand Deuskar said.
Police have tightened security across the state in view of ongoing protests against the amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
"We have decided to shut petrol pumps from 10 am to 2 pm tomorrow due to security reasons as some organizations have given a call for bandh," Madhya Pradesh Petrol Pump Owners Association president Ajay Singh said.
Thirty-four companies of the special armed force of police have been deployed in various districts, he said.
Jabalpur district collector Chhavi Bharadwaj has written to the state home department, seeking suspension of Internet services in the district till 6 pm on Thursday.
District Education Officer in Bhind has ordered that schools in the district will remain closed.
Meanwhile, protests against the amendment to the SC/ST Act continued in the state Wednesday.
Protesters showed black flags to former Union minister and senior BJP leader Prahlad Patel at Tikamgarh when he was addressing the party's OBC workers.
Slogans were shouted by protesters outside the venue of BJP's OBC cell's meeting in Gwalior.
After the Supreme Court diluted the provision of mandatory arrests under the SC/ST Act, sparking protests by Dalit organisations, the Union government brought an amendment in the monsoon session of Parliament to override the apex court's order.
Gwalior-Chambal region, considered a sensitive area, had witnessed large-scale violence on April 2 this year during the Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups.
Now, upper caste organisations are protesting against the amendment.
Brahma Samagam Sawarna Jankalyan Sangathan's national president Dharmendra Sharma said about 150 organisations of upper castes and OBCs would participate in the Bharat Bandh against the amendment.
(With PTI inputs)