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Bharat Bandh against caste-based reservation observed in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Normal life came to halt in various parts of Odisha as Bharat Bandh was called by some groups on social media against caste-based reservation that received widespread support on Tuesday.

Traffic movement was disrupted in several places while shops and other commercial establishments remained shut during the strike.

Meanwhile, the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has postponed its semester examination in a bid to avoid any untoward incident.

The university had earlier postponed the examination on April 2 due to Bharat Bandh called by several Dalit organisations protesting dilution of provisions under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Various groups in Bolangir staged road blockades by burning tyres and picketing at different places in response to the bandh. The agitating people demanded reforms in reservation policy.

The bandh turned violent in Nuapada district after a clash broke out between two groups during a strike. The situation was, however, brought under control by police personnel.

Members of Rudra Narayan Sena, a youth outfit were taken into preventive custody in Bhubaneswar ahead of their strike at CRP Square here.

Similarly, bandh was observed at Jeypore in Koraput district, Baripada in Mayurbhanj district, Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal districts and many other parts of Boudh district.

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