Shops remain closed; attendance in government offices thin
Madikeri: The all-India bandh call given by the Sangh Parivar on Thursday was total and peaceful in Kodagu district.
Shops and business establishments and almost all educational institutions in the district remained closed. Attendance in government offices was thin.
Banking institutions and central Government establishments also were forced to down shutters in many areas, particularly Madikeri city. Private as well as Karnataka State Regional Transport Corporation buses did not ply in Madikeri since 6 a.m. Autorickshaws too remained off the roads in the entire district. The bandh was total in Virajpet, Gonicoppa, Kushalnagar, Somwarpet, Sunticoppa, Ponnampet and Napoklu towns.
The zilla panchayat meeting, scheduled to be held here on Thursday, was postponed as its members, including its president Deerghakeshi Shivanna, were not allowed to enter Madikeri city. The meeting has been rescheduled for July 5.
M.P. Sunil Subramani, President of the Kodagu BJP; president of the Madikeri City Municipal Council P.D. Ponnappa; vice-president B.S. Lata, and VHP leaders Kushalappa, Appaiah and Somesh were among those who staged a “rasta roko” at General Thimayya Circle.
Tourists faced problems as taxis did not ply and restaurants remained closed.
The main gate of the Fort was closed by activists.
Kodagu Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said that no untoward incidents had been reported in the district.