Good response for bandh in Chikmagalur

Various organisations stage protest, burn effigies

Good response for bandh in Chikmagalur

The dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh call given by various organisations, in protest against the release of water to Tamil Nadu, was total in Chikmagalur, on Saturday.

‘Various organisations staged a protest and shouted slogans against the Central government and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha.

In fact, the members of various organisations were seen appealing to the traders to shut down their business establishments. Kannada Sene workers had punctured the lorries by removing air from the tyres, at Hanumanthappa Circle. Tyres were burnt in the middle of the road as a part of bandh.

The busy M G Road, I G Road, Market road, Gurunatha Circle, Nehru Road, Mallandoor road, AIT Circle wore a deserted look. All the KSRTC and the private buses remained off the road from dawn-to-dusk. There was no activity in the bus shelter. A very few two-wheelers, cars, jeeps were seen plying on the road. Shops, hotels, cinema halls, petrol bunks, post offices, banks, government offices remained closed throughout the day.

The bandh did not affect the supply of essential commodities like milk, newspaper in Chikmagalur.

However, owing to the strike, the newspapers did not reach the rural areas.  
Without the sale of vegetables and other commodities, in convenience was meted out at the public. The daily wage labourers were seen sitting in Azad Park Circle without any work. The estate labourers were returning home, as the vehicle failed to come to pick them to work.  

Protests

Various Kannada organisations and other political parties staged a protest, against the release of water to Tamil Nadu.

The protesters burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha.

They urged the Cauvery River Authority to review the  decision on releasing water to Tamil Nadu and urged the State to stop releasing water.

The BJP workers under the leadership of Higher Education Minister C T Ravi staged a protest. They urged Prime Minister to review the direction to release water.

The students of Adichunchanagiri College of Technology under the guidance of Principal C K Subbaraya, took out a protest rally from old taluk office to Azad Maidan. They urged the Centre to solve the row over river Cauvery.

Taluk Photographers Association too staged a procession and formed human chain in Hanumanthappa Circle. The office-bearers also performed ‘urulu seve’ on the road.
Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members warned of intensifying the protest, if the State government fails to stop releasing water.

The members of BSR Congress, merchants association, Karnataka Raitha Sangha, Hasiru Sene, Jaya Karnataka and others too staged a protest.

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