The Karnataka bandh called by various organisations in protest against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu received a partial response here on Saturday.

Government and private schools remained closed. Most shops, offices and banks were open throughout the day.

Bus services were not disrupted, though there were few commuters. Private vehicles plied as usual. There were no reports of violence in the district.

Various pro-Kannada organisations took out processions. Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike took out a bike rally in the morning, shouting slogans against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Later, the vedike, along with members of Kannada Sene, took out a semi-nude protest and performed ‘urulu seve’ at the Deputy Commissioner’s office. They burnt tyres on the road outside the bus-stand.

Members of the Karnataka Nava Nirman Sene also took out a rally and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

Their demands include stopping the release of water to Tamil Nadu, and the resignation of all members of the Union Ministry from Karnataka.

  • Most shops, offices and banks were open throughout Saturday

  • KRV and the Kannada Sene staged a semi-nude protest at the Deputy Commissioner’s office