Pro-Kannada organisations take out processions; schools, colleges closed
BANGALORE: The Statewide bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations on Wednesday demanding the implementation of the Mahajan Commission report on Belgaum and the border dispute was total in most parts of Karnataka. However, it did not evoke the expected response in the coastal districts and Tumkur.
In Bangalore, the bandh was total and, barring a minor incident off Mysore Road in which a policeman was injured, was incident-free. Government offices reported thin attendance. Private companies, including those in the information technology sector, were closed and the city resembled Bangalore of the 70s when traffic snarls and pollution were unimaginable.
Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) M. Shankar Bidri said the bandh was peaceful in most parts of the State.
In Belgaum, the police registered a few cases after incidents of stone throwing were reported. Mr. Bidri said the bandh did not evoke much response in Udupi.
Most parts of the State saw processions by pro-Kannada organisations while residents remained indoors as most private organisations had declared a holiday. Business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed.