Opposition members called a general strike (bandh) in Bihar state on Monday, February 4, to protest police action during a protest in Patna on February 2 that left Rashtriya Lok Samata Party leader Upendra Kushwaha injured. Participants reportedly blocked roads and disrupted train service in Patna, Gaya, Sasaram, Buxar, Jehanabad, Supaul, Hajipur, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Nalanda and Katigar districts. An increased security presence has been deployed to sensitive sites across the state to maintain order. Further related actions are likely over the coming days.
Individuals present in Bihar state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid public gatherings as violence may flare up without warning, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heavy police presence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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