BANGALORE: Police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse a group of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists on Tuesday when they forcibly attempted to gain entry into the Kendriya Sadan seeking classical language status to Kannada.
As a group of about 50 protesters belonging to T.A. Narayana Gowda faction came marching to the sadan around 8 a.m., the police stood guard at the Kendriya Sadan in Koramangala, a complex where many Central Government offices are situated.
All of a sudden, the protesters, brandishing chains, tried to force their way into the building, and the police caned the protesters. They were later taken away in several waiting vans. A case has been registered against the protesters for disturbing peace.
The members had allegedly planned to gatecrash into the complex and ransack the offices forcing their closure. Calls were made to several media organisations informing them about the programme.
The police who received the tip-off made elaborate security arrangements in and around Kendriya Sadan. Apart from the jurisdictional police, additional forces were requisitioned.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Soumendu Mukherjee stayed put at the venue overseeing the security arrangements. The roads leading to the venue were barricaded and a strict vigil was kept on the people walking on the road. Police stood guarding the two entrances of the sadan.
The protest and the related security arrangements caused inconvenience to the residents as well those working in the Central Government offices.
Many parents were seen walking long distances to drop children to the designated area to board the school bus, which stopped away from regular stops.