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IN PROTEST: Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staging a rail roko in Shimoga on Tuesday.
IN PROTEST: Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staging a rail roko in Shimoga on Tuesday.

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KRRS urges Government to file review petition

  • Bar Association takes out rally
  • Vedike activist stage `rail roko'

    SHIMOGA: It was a day of protests against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, here on Tuesday.

    Members of Karnataka Rajya Raith Sangh (Puttannaiah group) staged a "rasta roko" at Mahaveer Circle.

    Led by the KRRS general secretary H.R. Basavarajappa, they squatted on the road, terming the verdict as a "letdown" to the farmers of the State. They urged the Government to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the final verdict.

    They were joined by members of the Kannada Pragati Horata Vedike comprising the Malnad Kannada Pade, Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsh Samithi, Dalit Vimochana Sene, Shanataveri Gopalagowda Samajawadi Adhyayana Kendra Trust, Mahila Jagruthi, and Vidyarthi Hitarakshana Vedike.

    Members of the Shimoga Bar Association took out a rally in the city and staged a dharna on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office in protest against the verdict of the tribunal.

    Earlier, at a meeting, the lawyers alleged that tribunal had done great injustice to Karnataka. They urged the government to file a review petition in the Supreme Court soon.

    Members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike led by its district unit president M. Ravi Prasad and honorary president P. Prashant took out a two-wheeler protest rally from the Ramanna Shetty Park to the Head Post Office on Balraj Urs Road.

    They also staged a "rail roko" and it delayed the departure of the Shimoga-Bangalore passenger train. They were rounded up by the police.

    In a release, the vedike said that the tribunal had done a great injustice to Karnataka. It was not for the first time the Centre was meting out "stepmotherly" treatment to the State, it said. It asked the MPs from Karnataka to resign in protest against the "injustice."

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