Though the entire State rose as one man to observe the Karnataka Bandh to protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, lakhs of people found they had to either forego their day’s earnings or remain deprived of a hot meal for much of the day.Most of these men and women, living in dingy rooms with hardly any facility — thanks to high rents in the metropolis — and those working on construction sites and small-scale industries in Peenya, Kamakshipalya, Mahadevapura, Whitefield, Rajajinagar Industrial area found themselves without a meal. Small throngs could be seen around eateries in the hope that they would open and supply hungry customers coffee/tea and idli, dosa and other items, but in vain. Bandh supporters patrolled the roads, warning shop owners against conducting their business. The police also chased away people from converging.

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