New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Bahujan Kranti Morcha in association with the Kurnool JAC for Protection of Constitution has given a call for Bharat Bandh on Wednesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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.

According to a Times of India report, the bandh was originally called by Maulana Sajjad Nomani, secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which has been supported by Bahujan Kranti Morcha and Jamiat-E-Ulema-E-Hind. 

Versatile Minorities Forum, a Surat-based non-government organisation, has supported the call given for Bharat Bandh. VMF office bearers have been distributing pamphlets in Muslim-dominated areas of the city urging people to support the strike. 

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.

The bandh was supported by the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees' Federation of India, which led to disruption of banking services in several districts across the country. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta