Bharat Bandh: Shutdown call against CAA, NRC today

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Sundargarh: In order to protest against the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), Bahujan Kranti Morcha has called for a Bharat Bandh on Wednesday across the country.

While the members are protesting at several pick points across the country, the agitators of the organisation were seen picketing at Bisra Chhak in Rourkela and at different places of the state today.

Following the bandh, normal life was badly affected in the region. However, emergency services have been exempted from the purview of the bandh.

Reportedly, Plant Site Police have picked up as many as 36 protesters for picketing on the main road in Rourkela. Similarly, 30 people have been arrested in Keonjhar for staging protests.

The first phase of the protest, organised by the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation was on December 20, last year. It was followed by pan-India protests on January 9. A letter with 12 demands, including issues pertaining to CAA and NRC, was submitted to the respective district administrations.

Security has been beefed up in several states, including Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, in view of the shutdown called for today.

The Bharat Bandh called by at least 10 trade unions on January 8 and January 9 evoked mixed response across the country, with banking and transport services being affected partially and few incidents of violence seen in West Bengal.

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