Shops, business establishments remain closed
Madikeri: The bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations was near total in Kodagu district.
Ramachandra Rao, Kodagu Superintendent of Police, said that no organisation or individual had forced traders in the district to close down. The police had kept close vigil in all towns and cities, he said.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in the entire district. Private buses and autorickshaws kept off roads, making it difficult for commuters.
T.P. Ramesh, president of Kodagu Kannada Sahitya Parishat;
G. Chidvilas, general secretary of Kodagu District Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Ravi Chengappa of Cauvery Sene were among those who staged a "rasta roko" at General Thimayya Circle in the city.
Attendance in government offices and banks. All educational institutions in the district remained closed owing to the bandh. But hospitals, clinics, and medical shops remained open. Supply of essentials such as milk was not affected. The bandh was almost total in areas such as Virajpet, Siddapur, Ammathi, Somwarpet, Napoklu, Shanivarasante, Kodlipet, Kushalnagar, Sunticoppa, Ponnampet, Srimangala, and Kutta. At a press conference, Mr. Ramesh thanked various organisations and individuals for their cooperation to make the bandh total and peaceful. The people had shown unity for the cause of Kannada and the State in an unprecedented manner, he added.