Yadgir city observed a near-total bandh on Saturday, against the “hate speeches” delivered by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi in different parts of Andhra Pradesh recently.
The bandh was called by different pro-Hindu organisations demanding immediate arrest of the Andhra Pradesh legislator. Business establishments, hotels and shops remained closed in the city, and the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation cancelled its city and mofussil services on Saturday. Other modes of transport, including private transport vehicles and autorickshaws, remained off the road.
Activists of different pro-Hindu organisations took out a rally from Mailapur base to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum.
Siddalingeshwar Swami of Andola in Jewargi taluk in Gulbarga district also took out a padayatra in the city. The processionists demanded cancellation of Mr. Owaisi’s membership from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly immediately for his “anti-India” ramblings.
Sporadic incidents of stone-pelting at a jeep and a truck near Subashchandra Chowk and Shastri Chowk were reported. Also, stones were pelted at the office of the Block Resource Centre here, demanding suspension of the ongoing training programme for headmasters of government schools. No arrests have been made in this connection.
Bidar Staff Correspondent reports: The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Swabhimani Bana members staged a protest in Bidar on Saturday, against Mr. Owaisi’s “hate speeches”.
In a memorandum to the government, they sought action against the MLA and his disenfranchisement.