Nine arrested for forcing shopkeepers to down shutters
BANGALORE: Various organisations staged demonstrations, took out processions, stopped trains and blocked roads in Bangalore and Bangalore Rural district on Tuesday to protest against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.
The protests passed off peacefully and no untoward incidents were reported from the city and Bangalore Rural district. For the second day on Tuesday, rumours of violence caused anxiety among the public.
As the situation in the city is "fluid" in view of several organisations protesting against the tribunal award, the police have further strengthened the security. Commissioner of Police Neelam Achuta Rao told presspersons that 12 platoons of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have arrived in the city. Additional police forces and Home Guards have been summoned from north Karnataka districts.
Over 1,000 people have been taken into preventive custody. Even during the peak traffic hours, vehicular movement was thin in even in the central business district of the city. While BMTC operated its services as usual, there were a fewer two-wheelers and autorickshaws on the road.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) K.V. Sharathchandra said nine persons were arrested when they were forcing shopkeepers to down the shutters in Chickpet, the city's commercial hub. Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Karunade Sene and other Kannada organisations took out processions in Rajajinagar, Gandhinagar, Kurbarahalli, Pantharapalya and Rajarajeshwarinagar.
The vedike activists, led by its president T.A. Narayana Gowda, also staged "urulu seve" on the roads near the busy Mysore Bank Circle to register their protest. Meanwhile, the vedike activists along with BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) supporters squatted on the tracks at the Doddaballapur railway station and stopped the Prasanthi Express and Guntur-Bangalore Express for over 30 minutes.