Bengaluru, Sep 26 (Language) The ‘Bengaluru bandh’ called by farmers and Kannada organizations on Tuesday against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu received a partial response with most public services operating normally, but the movement of people was relatively less. Was seen.
This bandh has been supported by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S).
Under the leadership of farmer leader Kuruburu Shantakumar, ‘Karnataka Water Conservation Committee’, an umbrella body of farmer unions and other organisations, has called for a Bengaluru bandh from 6 am to 6 pm on Tuesday.
Shanthakumar and other leaders of ‘Karnataka Water Conservation Committee’, who were trying to take out a protest march towards ‘Town Hall’, were taken into custody by the police at Mysuru Bank Circle.
Many activists of Kannada organizations who had gathered for the protest at the Town Hall were also removed by the police.
Farmer leaders and Kannada activists attacked the government for allegedly using police force against the protests and bandh.
Farmers and pro-Kannada organizations are likely to hold protests at ‘Freedom Park’, a designated place for such demonstrations.
The city police has made adequate security arrangements to deal with possible incidents of violence during these protests. About 100 platoons have been deployed.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayanand said that in view of the bandh, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure have been imposed across the city from Monday midnight to Tuesday midnight.
Besides, as per the existing restrictions and court orders, no bandh or procession is allowed in the city, he said.
Dayanand said, “Nobody can forcibly enforce the bandh by using force. Bandh is possible only in those cases when someone wants to implement it voluntarily.
Major organizations of Kannada organizations led by Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj
Karnataka bandh has been announced on September 29 under the banner of ‘Kannada Okkuta’. They are not supporting today’s bandh.
Bengaluru Urban District Deputy Commissioner Dayanand K. A. In view of the bandh, has declared holiday in all schools and colleges of the city on Tuesday.
Cab services, autos and hotel/restaurant services are normally available, but drivers and hotel operators said not many people are coming out of their homes.
Same is the situation with the bus and metro rail services of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). Relatively less crowd was seen at bus and metro stations.
Ola-Uber Drivers Association and Hotel Owners Association have said that their services will remain normal today.
He extended support to the September 29 Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada organizations saying that they cannot lose two days of work amid financial difficulties.
Most private companies, including those in the IT (Information Technology) sector, have asked their employees to work from home.
It has been decided to keep some malls in the city closed. Many shops and establishments were also not seen functioning like normal in the morning.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar had said as the protests intensified on Monday that their government will not stop the protesters, but peace and order should be maintained.
Protests continue in various parts of Karnataka after the Supreme Court refused to interfere in the orders of the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Regulation Committee. In these orders, Karnataka was directed to release 5,000 cusecs of water to neighboring Tamil Nadu.
Farmer organizations and pro-Kannada organizations are protesting in the Cauvery basin districts of Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara, Bengaluru and other parts of the state. They are urging the state government not to release water for the neighboring state.
Karnataka says it is not in a position to release the water as there is shortage of water due to low monsoon rainfall and it itself needs it for irrigation of standing crops and drinking water needs in the Cauvery basin areas.
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