CBSE Punjab Exams Postponed, Bus Services Shut After Bandh Call For Today

Chandigarh:  In view of a shutdown called by a number of Dalit organisations on Monday  to protest the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, the Punjab government has ordered a security clampdown as a precautionary measure, while the Army and paramilitary forces have been asked to be on standby.

CBSE Board Examinations for Class X and XII, which were scheduled for Monday, have been postponed as a result of the bandh call. Schools will remain shut and buses will be off the road as well.

A spokesperson of the Punjab government said mobile Internet services in the state will remain suspended from 5 pm today till 11 pm today in a bid to check rumor mongering on social media.

All public and private transport will stay off the road during the shutdown to prevent any untoward incident, the spokesperson said.

The orders were issued after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reviewed the security arrangements with top police and administration officials in the evening.

A spokesperson said four battalions each of the Rapid Action Force and the Border Security Force will remain on duty today to maintain law and order

It was followed by a video conference involving the Chief Secretary, deputy commissioners and other senior officials of all districts, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Security forces conducted flag marches at some places in the state today as a precautionary measure.

Elaborating on the precautionary measures taken by the government, the…

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