Bandh total in district headquarters; buses stay off the road, shops shut

Normal life was disrupted in several parts of Kolar district on Saturday following the bandh called by various Kannada organisations to protest the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

Life was paralysed in KGF where a large number of Tamils reside. The bus-stand at KGF wore a deserted look as both KSRTC and private buses stayed off the road. Business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed.

The KGF unit of the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) factory did not function in view of the bandh.

The bandh was total in the district headquarters. Though some KSRTC buses were operated early in the morning, they were withdrawn later. City buses stayed off the road. The KSRTC and private bus-stands were deserted. The trading centres of M.G. Road and M.B. Road wore a deserted look.

Activists of some farmers’ outfits patrolled the town.

Confusion

There was confusion over whether it was a holiday for educational institutions in the district. Though the district administration did not declare a holiday, schools and colleges remained closed. Some private institutions declared a holiday, while others didn’t. Heavy security arrangements were in place to ensure that no untoward incidents took place.

Total in Tumkur

Staff Correspondent from Tumkur writes:

The bandh was total in Tumkur district. Schools and colleges declared a holiday. All shops, cinemas, hotels and other commercial establishments remained closed. KSRTC, city and private buses, and autorickshaws stayed off the road.