It was in protest against not being given taluk tag

The call given for Hebri bandh evoked a good response on Saturday. It was a protest against the State government for not making Hebri a taluk.

The bandh was successful as all business establishments in Hebri town were closed. The movement of buses and other vehicles was disrupted due to the bandh. College students also extended their support to the bandh. The bandh call was given by the Hebri Taluk Rachana Horata Samiti and other organisations.

Later, speaking at a protest meeting, Gopal Bhandary, Karkala MLA, said that though Hebri had all required qualifications to become a taluk, the State government had overlooked its claim. This was an unjust and an unpardonable act.

While Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had announced the formation of 43 new taluks in the State in his budget speech on February 8, he should explain why he had dropped Hebri. Mr. Bhandary said that he would fight for the formation of Hebri taluk both within and outside the Legislative Assembly.

He would raise the issue of making Hebri a taluk during the discussion on the budget in the Assembly on Monday. There were many forces which had worked to see that Hebri did not become a taluk. He would expose the conspiracy of keeping out Hebri during the budget discussion, he added.

Suma Adyanthaya, president of the Hebri gram panchayat; Jayalakshmi, president of the Mudrady gram panchayat; Manjunath Poojary, zilla panchayat member; H. Bhaskar Jois, head of the Taluk Rachana Horata Samiti; Nire Krishna Shetty, convener; and Prasanna Ballal, the former ZP vice-president were present.