Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: Tumkur city observed bandh on Tuesday in protest against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

Pro-Kannada organisations had given the call for it. The bandh was "nearly total and peaceful."

Deputy Commissioner S.R. Umashankar asked Tumkur University authorities and Education Department officials to order closure of schools and colleges. Police set up road blockades at R.S. Aradhya Circle to prevent vehicles from entering the city. Similar measures were taken on all roads leading to the city. State Government offices remained closed. Central Government offices, however, functioned as usual.

Kannada activists staged a "rail roko" by stopping the Bangalore-Hubli passenger train for a brief while.

The protesters demanded that all MPs from the State quit their seats in protest against the injustice meted out to Karnataka.