Bandh for IIT total, peaceful in twin cities

Bandh for IIT total, peaceful in twin cities

Bandh for IIT total, peaceful in twin cities

Barring sporadic incidents of stone pelting on State transport buses, the twin-city bandh call given by the BJP and 15 other organisations on Wednesday was near total and peaceful.

The bandh call was given to oppose the chief minister’s move to shift the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Dharwad to Raichur.

Accusing Siddaramaiah of betraying the people of Hubballi-Dharwad, the protesters took out a massive rally in Dharwad, forcing business establishments, banks and Life Insurance Corporation of India to down their shutters and support the bandh.

Later, the protesters gathered at Alur Venkatrao Circle and burnt tyres to register their protest. They raised slogans against the State government.

Buses of the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) plied as usual in the morning. However, as the rally gained momentum, road blocks were staged at several points in the City. Police said that the protesters threw stones on two NWKRTC buses, forcing withdrawal of services for the rest of the day.

The protesters barged into banks and government offices and had heated arguments with the authorities, to get them to halt the day’s work.

As a precautionary measure and to prevent inconvenience to students, the district administration had declared holiday for schools and colleges. Autorickshaws remained off the roads and resumed their services only after 6 pm. The protesters have warned of intensifying their agitation, if the chief minister does not withdraw his letter to the Centre, urging it to reconsider the decision to set up the IIT in Dharwad and to choose Raichur instead.

In Hubballi
The bandh was near total in the City. Though the NWKRTC suspended its bus services after a stone-pelting incident at Hosur early morning, autorickshaw plied as usual.

Most of the shops remained closed in the markets and holiday was declared for schools and colleges.

Vehicular traffic was very less and elaborate security arrangements had been made. Banks and government offices remained open.

BJP workers took out a bike rally and burnt tyres on the road as a mark of protest at Channamma Circle. Rasta rokos were staged at Bairidevarakoppa and Navanagar also.
Office-bearers of the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry took out a rally from JC Nagar to Mini Vidhana Soudha and submitted a memorandum to the chief minister through the tahsildar.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Praveen Shetty faction) members staged a protest at Channamma Circle.

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