Post protest, Hanakona village deserted

Post protest, Hanakona village deserted

Villagers who left the village fearing arrest are yet to return. An undeclared curfew-like situation prevails in the village as few houses still remain locked and people hesitant to venture outside even though tahsildar and assistant commissioner visited the village appealing the villagers not to fear police on Friday.

Hoteliers looked worried as their business is hit drastically. Apart from school students waiting for bus, fish sellers and few visitors, the village appeared almost deserted.
People who have identified themselves with anti-thermal power plant demonstration have left the village. Police have arrested 51 persons in connection with the violence and most of the arrested are fishermen.

Business at Karwar and Nandangadda fish markets haS come to a standstill as a mark of protest. Out of the arrested,18 including 16 women have been granted bail by the JMFC court. They are all lodged in Bellary jail and are expected to be released on Monday.

Meanwhile, Janashakti Vedike Karwar unit president Madhav Naik, against whom a case has been registered for inciting violence, surrendered before the court on Saturday. It is said that more than ten cases have been registered against Naik, who reportedly was  not in the village when the incident occurred.

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