Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mixed response to shutdown call in Karnataka

Mixed response to shutdown call in Karnataka

Various pro-Kannada organisations have supported the bandh which is based on demands which include farm loan waiver, PM Modi's intervention in the Mahadayi river water dispute and a permanent solution to the problem regarding water scarcity in arid areas.

The Karnataka bandh call given by Kannada chaluvali leader Vatal Nagaraj, pro-Kannada groups and the Raitha Sangha received mixed response across the state. To this regard, the protestors are slated to organise a protest march today from Town hall to Vidhana Soudha. Police beefed up security at bus and metro stations in the city.

They have made a decision to block movement of KSRTC buses and other vehicles from dawn to dusk to express their anger against the failure of MPs to exert pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to resolve the water dispute. Protesters have blocked the Kittur Chennamma Circle in Hubballi while tyres were burnt in Anekal and shops forcibly shut down in Ramanagara town.

The shutdown was total in Chikballapur and Kolar districts in south Karnataka.

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The bandh is called by Kannada Okkoota, headed by Vatal Nagraj. "Apart from this, one water jet, one Quick Response Team platoons are deployed", a senior police officer is quoted as saying.

Government and private offices, schools and colleges functioning normally.12:10 p.m.: Minimal impact of bandh in Belagavi city. Schools will remain open on Monday.

Except a few cinema halls which had cancelled the morning show, all the multiplexes were normal and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operated bus services without any disruption. They will be taken into preventive custody if they go ahead with any agitation, they warned. The fourth-semester postgraduate exams of Bengaluru University has been postponed. However, as a precautionary measure, Bangalore University postponed the exam being held on Monday in view of the bandh in Kolar and other focus areas.

The Karnataka State Secondary Education Examinations Board has also postponed examinations to June 13.

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