Anti-quota agitation: Firing at Arah in Bihar, mixed response in many states
Bhopal/Patna/Lucknow/Jaipur: There was a mixed response to the anti-reservation Bharat Bandh (country-wide call for strike) today (Tuesday 10 April 2016) with firing reported in Arah district of Bihar, group clashes in Punjab and curfew imposed in Bhind and Morena district of Madhya Pradesh to prevent unlawful assembly of people.
Prohibitory orders were also issued on Tuesday under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Gwalior, Bhopal, Sagar and few other sensitive towns of Madhya Pradesh.
There were attempts to block movement of trains in Bihar. In Madhya Pradesh, schools suspended their bus services in Bhopal- the state capital. In Madhya Pradesh, which was the worst hit by violence on 2 April when the dalits had called for Bharat Bandh to oppose the Supreme Court order on the implementation of the Atrocities Act, the call for anti-quota bandh was given on social media by unidentified groups.
In Ferozepur, Punjab, dozens were injured in a clash between two groups and the wounded were rushed to hospital. In Arah in Bihar there was firing after a clash between two groups. In Gaya district of Bihar, several policemen were injured in stone pelting. At Rajabar in Jehanabad district, police had to resort to lathi charge to control a protesting mob. Police was also targeted by protesting mobs at Daudpur in Chhapra district of Bihar.
Road traffic was blocked and there were attempts to close shops and stop train taffic at several places in Bihar. Cities and towns that were mainly affected were Patna, Begusarai, Muzafffarpur, Bhojpur, Nawada and Darbhanga.
In Jhalawar in Rajasthan, protestors took out a rally and shops remained closed.