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Anti-reservation bandh; violent clashes erupt in some parts of country

groups had organized protests which witnessed massive violence

Apprehensions continue over the Bharat Bandh called in by anti-reservation supporters after the Dalits had organized a similar bandh recently opposing the SC/St dilution by an order of the Supreme Court.

It is now learnt that over a dozen people were injured in the violent clash between supporters of the Bharat Bandh and a pro-reservation group comprising OBCs and Dalits on Tuesday.

The Dalit groups had organized protests which witnessed massive violence in different parts of the country leading to the death of nine people.

Ahead of today’s bandh call, the Union Home Ministry issued a nationwide advisory to ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to prevent any violence during the bandh.

Interestingly, the bandh call has not been endorsed by any major outfit.

But the outfits such as Sarv Samaj from Rajasthan do have issued statements calling for the bandh.

Security alerts have meanwhile been issued in a number of states, with special emphasis for states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Violence had taken place in these states itself on the recent pro-reservation protest.

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