Staff Correspondent

VHP activists forcibly shut government establishments in Davangere, mixed response to bandh in Bellary

HASSAN: The bandh called by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to protest against the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s decision to revoke the allotment of land to the Sri Amaranathji Shrine Board (SASB) passed off peacefully in Hassan district on Thursday.

Though the bandh call met with a lukewarm response in Hassan city, it was total in Arsikere and Sakleshpur taluks.

Some shops along the main road in Hassan city being forcefully closed. Schools and colleges, however, remained open. KSRTC buses were plied as usual.

The BJP district president Navile Annappa, secretary Kamal Kumar, leaders Suresh, Lohith Gowda and others led a “rasta roko” at the busy Narsimha Raja Circle. Later they presented a memorandum to the President of India through the district administration.

According to the Superintendent of Police, K.V. Sharatchandra, the bandh was total in Arsikere and Sakleshpur taluks. The Deputy Superintendent of Police of Arsikere, Prabhakar, speaking to The Hindu said that schools, colleges banks and shops in Arsikere remained closed. KSRTC buses were off the road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bandh total

Davangere Staff Correspondent reports: Bandh in Davangere, as part of the nationwide bandh call given by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was total with all shops, business establishments, schools and colleges remaining closed on Thursday.

The bandh was called to protest against the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s decision to revoke the allotment of land to Sri Amaranathaji Shrine Board.

City buses and auto rickshaws remained off the road, which put commuters to a lot of inconvenience.

Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Sri Ramasene and other organisations were seen forcibly closing some shops that had opened in Davangere. The telephone exchange and some other government establishments were forcibly made to down shutters. However, normal activity was witnessed at the courts.

The police had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that the bandh would not result in any law and order problem. Main roads wore a deserted look following the bandh.

Peaceful

Bellary Staff Correspondent reports: The bandh call given by the BJP evoked a mixed response in Bellary on Thursday. The bandh, however, passed off peacefully.

The BJP workers, led by the district unit president and city MLA G. Somashekar Reddy took out a rally in the city against the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s decision.

They burnt the effigy of the Jammu and Kashmir Government at the Gadagi Chennappa Circle to register their protest.

Normal life in the city was partially affected as all the shops, business establishments, educational institutions and banks remained closed. KSRTC buses remained off the road. However, auto rickshaws were seen plying. According to reports reaching the district headquarters, partial bandh was also witnessed in other parts of the district, including Hadagali, Hagari bommanahalli, Kampli, Hospet and Sirguppa taluks.

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