Many shops were open by 3 p.m.

The bandh call given by various pro-Kannada organisations in protest against the release of water to Tamil Nadu evoked partial response in the district.

While schools and colleges and a few business establishments remained closed on Saturday, some shops were open in the morning. Members of a few voluntary organisations took out a motorcycle rally and forced all shops to close. They also stopped government and private buses from operating. Private vehicles, including autorickshaws, remained off the road. Agitators blocked traffic on National Highway 4 for more than 30 minutes. They also staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Some protesters burnt the effigies of Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

They alleged that the State government had failed to convince the Supreme Court about the situation in the State owing to scanty rainfall.

Several business establishments opened by 3 p.m. Public transport vehicles started plying in the afternoon. For the first time, however, cable operators decided not to telecast entertainment channels.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri.

  • Schools and colleges

    remained closed

  • Telecast of entertainment channels suspended