Bharat Band on Monday: To boycott the hike in the price of fuel, the opposition party has declared Bharat Bandh today. To avoid any kind of mishap, the Odisha government along with other state governments on Saturday announced that all schools in the state will remain closed on Monday in view of the Bharat Bandh call given by the Congress over the rising fuel prices. The school and mass education secretary PK Mohapatra stated the schools will remain closed as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, the government directed all officials to attend office by 9.30 a.m. on Monday. It has been conveyed to the masses that from 9 AM to 3 PM there would be Bharat Bandh and everyone is requested to be safe and sound during that.
The educational institutes in Bengaluru will also remain closed and daily life is likely to be affected in JDS-Congress-ruled Karnataka on Monday by the Bharat Bandh. The public transport, cinema theatres, multiplexes among others were expected to be hit in the state during the nation-wide shutdown with the ruling Congress claiming the support of various trade unions, news agency stated.
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11:25 AM: Heavy police deployment was made in the national capital with reserve police forces deployed and motorcycle patrols being put on high alert, a senior police officer said.
11:06 AM: The schools to remain closed in Mysuru today. The JD(S) and 33 public organisations, including trade unions, have extended their support for the bandh.
10:42 AM: The Offices, schools, and colleges in Delhi opened at the regular time despite the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the Congress.
10:29 AM: “I have announced a holiday for all educational institutions on Monday citing security reasons," said Urban Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru, B M Vijay Shankar.
10:19 AM: The schools and colleges in Bihar remain closed to avoid any mishap.
The Odisha unit of the Congress on Saturday held a preparatory meeting on the shutdown in the state. It exhorted all its supporters and the general public to make it successful. "You are requested to take all preventive measures to maintain law and order and to ensure maintenance of essential services in the districts," stated Home department special secretary Santosh Bala in a letter to the district collectors. The Congress party has given a nationwide shutdown call on September 10 protesting the rise in fuel prices.