Adequate security arrangements were in place in the district
Normal life came to a standstill here on Saturday during the bandh observed to protest against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.
Shops, business and commercial establishments — except hospitals and medical shops — downed shutters. Public transport was off the road. Barring a stray incident of a few activists barging into the Wipro campus in Mysore and disrupting work, the bandh was by and large peaceful. Bus-stands were deserted.
Government offices functioned with thin attendance. Banks , petroleum outlets, schools and colleges were closed. A number of pro-Kannada organisations took out a march from various locations and converged on the Deputy Commissioner’s office to stage a protest. The police had placed barricades on all sides to prevent the entry of protesters into the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Activists burnt tyres to block Vinoba Road. Members of the Mysore Kannada Vedike did the same at Agrahara Circle. The normally busy Sayyajirao Road along the Devaraja Market wore a deserted look. Theatres too downed shutters. TV cable operators backed the bandh. Train services on the Mysore-Bangalore section were suspended till 4 p.m. While the Tuticorin Express slated for departure from Mysore in the evening was cancelled, the Mysore-Maylathudurai Express started from Bangalore.
Protesters shouted slogans against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. Autorickshaw drivers joined the action at Chamaraja Circle, where a substantial number of people had gathered. According to the police, 18 organisations had taken permission to hold processions. Members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) took out a motorbike rally from Ramaswamy Circle to the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The members urged the State government to stop releasing water from the State’s reservoirs to Tamil Nadu. Activities were subdued at hospitals, though they remained open. Adequate police forces were deployed at vital intersections to prevent untoward incidents.
Activists barged into Wipro campus and disrupted work Train services on Mysore-Bangalore section suspended till 4 p.m.
Activists barged into Wipro campus
and disrupted work
Train services on Mysore-Bangalore section suspended till 4 p.m.