A total bandh was observed here on Tuesday in a response to a call by the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha. The group has demanded that the Chief Minister visit Chamarajanagar district and ensure its development.
Party workers and members of pro-Kannada organisations, led by paksha president Vatal Nagaraj, took out a motorcycle rally from the Travellers' Bungalow to Bhuvaneshwari Circle, where a dharna was held.
Schools, colleges and business establishments, including hotels, theatres, petroleum outlets and banks were closed. The bus owners' association and autorickshaw owners extended their support to the bandh. Private and KSRTC buses, including inter-State services, were off the road.
Protesters forced the closure of some banks and government offices here. They targeted the offices of the zilla panchayat, the Public Works Department and the Town Municipal Council.
Members of pro-Kannada organisation entered the district office complex and forced those present to close for the day, while police personnel present remained as mute spectators.
It was only when Additional Superintendent of Police Chandrashekar arrived that he took the protesters to task.
The government hospital, medical shops and vegetable market functioned as usual.
Meanwhile, addressing the protesters at Bhuvaneshwari Circle, Mr. Nagaraj criticised chief ministers for believing the “jinx” that they would lose power after a visit to Chamarajanagar.