Normal life comes to a standstill in the district

Normal life came to a standstill in Hassan district on Saturday in the wake of the bandh call given by various Kannada organisations opposing the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

Members of several organisations took out rallies across the district.

Protesters staged a rasta roko at Gorur where the Hemavati reservoir is located, and in Channarayapatna town and cooked food on the road.

Activists of the Janata Dal (Secular) and Kannada organisations took out a motorcycle rally in Hassan town.

In the evening, JD(S) workers took out a torchlight march in Hassan city.

The district administration had declared a holiday for schools and colleges. There was no traffic on the roads. Workers of organisations supporting the bandh went around the city in the morning and forced shopkeepers and owners of other establishments to down shutters. They entered into a heated argument with bank officers who had reported to work. Cinemas, government offices and petroleum outlets were closed.

A few government officers, who had to accompany the Central team that went around three taluks to study the extent of sowing done and requirement of water for standing crops, had a tough time getting diesel for their vehicles. An officer said that he got diesel for his office vehicle from a petrol outlet outside Hassan.

The city returned to normality by evening. There were no instances of violence in the district.

Farmers thronged Yagachi dam near Belur and demanded that release of water from the dam be stopped. The police took 21 protesters into custody. Belur Circle Inspector Shrikanth said the arrested persons were released later.

  • Activists force shopkeepers to down shutters

  • Farmers throng Yagachi dam

    near Belur