Bhopal/ Mixed impact of Bharat Bandh against CAA-NRC in Madhya Pradesh

  • Police-administration remained on alert
  • Impact of Bharat Bandh in most areas of old Bhopal
  • 3000 policemen deployed for security
  • About 10 thousand people took out a rally, shouting slogans in Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan

Bhopal: Various organizations called for a Bharat Bandh on Wednesday against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). There was a mixed effect of the bandh in Bhopal and other cities of Madhya Pradesh.

In the Iqbal Maidan, about 10 thousand people took out a rally and shouted slogans with the tricolor in their hands. The police and the administration were fully prepared. Police were monitoring the shutdown through a drone.

Police had said action will be taken on sending inflammatory messages to WhatsApp groups. During this time, school-colleges, passenger vehicles, and other government offices were open. DIG Irshad Wali said that if any person forcibly closes shops, buses or other institutions, they will be arrested.

The effect of Bharat Bandh was not visible in Madhya Pradesh, although the police had taken all necessary steps as a precaution. Additional police force was deployed in sensitive areas of the city and DIG Irshad Wali himself monitored the situation.

According to the information received from Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Hoshangabad, Rewa, Sehore, Raisen and other districts, the situation was like normal days. Markets were also open. Additional police force was deployed in sensitive areas of all 52 districts.

Partial impact seen in Indore: In Indore, the partial effect of the bandh was seen in areas like Barwali Chowki, Sadar Bazar, Khajrana, Jawahar Marg, Azad Nagar, Ranipura etc. Life in the rest of the city looked like normal days.

Collector Lokesh Jatav informed that administrative and police officers monitored in all areas as a precautionary measure. Deputy Inspector General of Police Ruchivardhan Mishra said that a special police team was also keeping an eye on social media. Additional police force had been deployed to maintain order.

Impact seen in old Bhopal: Bahujan Kranti Morcha had called for a nationwide Bharat Bandh on Wednesday in protest against CAA, NRC and NPR. The bandh has also been supported by many Muslim organizations.

Budhwara, Itwara, Sultania Road, Jahangirabad, Shahjahanabad, Qazi Camp, etc. in the old Bhopal of the capital Bhopal remained completely closed on Wednesday. There was a mixed effect of the bandh in the Peer Gate area.

Officers prepared for bandh: However, no organization had made an application to the district administration and police regarding the bandh. Collector Tarun Pithode and DIG Irshad Wali took a meeting with all the officers of the district on Tuesday to take stock of law and order. As many as 3000 policemen had been deployed.

Notice to 3500 WhatsApp group, 35 people: ASP Sandesh Jain said that notice has been issued to 35 people who sent inflammatory messages on social media regarding the bandh. These notices have been issued by the police station in-charge. The social media monitoring cell is also monitoring around 2000 WhatsApp groups.

Peaceful shutdown appeal: MLA Arif Masood reached out to traders at Sarafa Market and Chowk Bazaar in support of the bandh. He appealed to traders to shut the market in support of NRC, CAA, and NPR. He also appealed to maintain peace in the city.

Bhopal DEO Nitin Saxena says that the schools were open on Wednesday. No school associated with Sahodaya Complex remained closed. School Van Association president Shivkumar Soni told that the school vans ran as usual. Low-floor, chartered buses continued to operate. New Market and bullion market remained open.

Bandh highlights

  • Police monitored with droneThere was not much effect of Bharat Bandh in the capital
  • In some areas of the old city, the effect of the bandh was visible
  • Police kept a watch in old city through drone
  • Police checking of vehicles by installing barricades across the city
  • Police said shops can remain shut voluntarily but action will be taken for forcibly closing shop
  • Over 3000 police forces deployed including RAF. STF