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Raising slogans: Activists of the Kannada Kriya Samiti staging a protest at K.R. Circle in Mysore on Friday before leaving for Bangalore to meet the Governor.
Raising slogans: Activists of the Kannada Kriya Samiti staging a protest at K.R. Circle in Mysore on Friday before leaving for Bangalore to meet the Governor.

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Protests against Tamil Nadu Government’s drinking water project at Hogenakkal and the attacks on Kannadiga establishments in that State continued in Mysore and Mandya districts on Friday.

Activists of the Kannada Hitarakshana Yuva Vedike staged a demonstration at the suburban bus stand here opposing the “adamant” stand of the Tamil Nadu Government in implementing the controversial project.

They smeared black paint on the advance booking centre of the Tamil Nadu State Express Transport Corporation. They took out a procession from the bus stand. On reaching K.R. Circle they forced the owner of a textile shop, a Tamilian, to down shutters. The activists held demonstration at the circle and raised slogans against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

Residents of Tamil Colony, led by Selvi Murugeshan, took out a procession in Maddur town protesting against the decision of the Tamil Nadu Government to implement the drinking water project and burnt an effigy of Mr. Karunanidhi.

On reaching the Taluk Office Circle on Bangalore-Mysore highway, they formed a human chain and condemned the attack on the farmhouse of a relative of Kannada film actor. Over 100 activists of the Kannada Kriya Samiti, led by Mayor Ayub Khan, left for Bangalore on Friday to meet Governor Rameshwar Thakur and impress upon him to urge the Union Government to direct Tamil Nadu to stop the drinking water project till a popular Government was formed in the State.

Mr. Ayub Khan told The Hindu that a delegation comprising of six corporators, activists of various Kannada organisations, writers and intellectuals met the Governor.

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