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‘Bharat Bandh’ in Odisha: Normal life hit in several dists, BPUT exam cancelled

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Bhubaneswar: The ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by various anti-reservation groups to protest clashes during the nationwide shutdown on April 2 affected normal life in several districts of Odisha today.

The protesters reportedly resorted to picketing and road blockade in Mayurbhanj, Balangir, Jayapatana, Keonjhar, Kuchinda, Nabarangpur and Rayagada. Various educational institutions, shops and business establishment remained closed in Balangir, Rayagada and Mayurbhanj districts.

On the other hand, in the wake of the bandh, Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) postponed its semester exams on 55 different subjects which were scheduled to be held today at 88 centres across the state.

The concerned exams will be conducted between April 12 and 20, university sources said, adding that the students will be informed about the examination date.

Notably, the Union Home Ministry has asked all the state governments to be extra vigilant to avoid any violence and loss of life and property amid calls on social media for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ by various anti-reservation groups to protest clashes during the SC/ST Bharat Bandh on April 2.

A Bharat Bandh on April 2 by Dalit groups against the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by a Supreme Court order had led to violence and arson in many parts of the country which claimed several lives and left hundreds of civilians and policemen injured.

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