Karnataka bandh: Pro-Kannada groups make demands to PM Modi

The city police has issued notices to those factions of the pro-Kannada organisations that have called the bandh, directing them not to hold protests on Monday.

Life may not be disrupted on Monday despite pro-Kannada outfits calling for a statewide bandh over various issues. Police has been deployed in sensitive areas.12:18 p.m.: Members of Kannada Rakshana Vedike and Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha staging a protest at Kittur Channamma Circle in Belagavi.12:15 p.m.: Buses plying as usual in Belagavi. They want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the dispute on the sharing of water from the Mahadayi river between Goa and Karnataka. In Hubballi, Bagalkot and Ramanagara, pro- Kannada organisations forced shops to close.

Around 75 platoons of the Karnataka Special Reserve Police (KSRP), Quick Response Teams and 16,000 police personnel have been deployed in strategic locations to maintain law and order across the state. "Petrol pumps will operate at their full capacity, even as the Bengaluru Petroleum Dealers' Association has declared "moral support" to the protestors". In Mysore, the bandh call evoked no interest. A senior police officer was quoted by the New Indian Express as saying: "More than 200 Hoysala vehicle staff will be patrolling".

Shashi Kumar D, general secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) said though they have not announced a holiday, some institutions have made a decision to remain closed. "Activists of some groups have been taken into preventive custody".

Similarly, Bengaluru Tourist Taxi Owners' Association, Bengaluru Hotel Owners' Association, the auto-rickshaw owners and drivers' association, and the APMC traders' union have chose to stay away from the bandh.

Similarly, Bangalore University has postponed its fourth semester postgraduate exams, and the rescheduled dates would be announced soon. Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has also postponed its first year B.Ed examinations and seventh semester examinations.

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

  • Leroy Wright