Staff Correspondent

Life paralysed in Huvinahadagali

HUVINAHADAGALI (BELLARY DISTRICT): Life was paralysed here on Monday following a bandh observed in protest against the Government’s decision to shift the newly established government engineering college to Bellary. The bandh passed off peacefully without any untoward incident being reported.

Around 5,000 people, led by M.P. Prakash and Eti Shambhunath, both former Ministers, took out a mock funeral procession of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and local MLA Chandra Nayak.

They also burnt the effigy of G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for Tourism, in registration of their protest. Representatives of all political parties except the BJP and various voluntary organisations, participated in the procession.

Closed

The entire town was deserted as all shops and business establishments, hotels and restaurants, cinema houses, roadside shops, government offices, banks and educational institutions remained closed throughout the day. Bus services were withdrawn and the taxi services were also limited to the outskirts of the city, causing inconvenience to the people.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Prakash criticised the Chief Minister and Mr. Janardhan Reddy for withdrawing the facility provided to a backward taluk.

He said the engineering college, which had entered its second year, had been an asset to meritorious, but economically weak students from rural areas.

Such being the situation, it was unfair on the part of the Government to shift the college. “If it is keen, the Government can sanction a new engineering college in Bellary”, he added.

Mr. Prakash said the residents of Hadagali had come forward to provide free hostels, with boarding facilities, for the benefit of the students and urged the Government to reconsider its decision.

Struggle to continue

Making it clear that the struggle by the people for the retention of the college here would continue, he said a delegation would meet the Chief Minister soon to find a solution.

Later, the agitators submitted a memorandum to the tahsildar addressed to the Chief Minister.

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