Weavers protest outside Chief Minister’s residence

Police took into custody more than 80 handloom weavers who tried to stage a dharna outside Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar’s residence at Madhura Estate here on Friday.

The weavers held the protest seeking fulfilment of their demands. The police did not allow them to move forward when they started marching towards Mr. Shettar’s residence. They were released later.

The protest was led by the Akhila Karnataka Kaimagga Nekar Sangha. Their demands include registration of houses in weavers’ names, hike in weavers’ wages and an inquiry into alleged corruption in the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation (KHDC).

“These problems were not solved even though several memorandums were submitted to the government. KHDC officials have harassed weavers, and the number of weavers working under them has come down to 10,000. Officials are working like commission agents: purchasing clothes from other organisations instead of giving work to weavers. Corruption is rampant in the KHDC,” protesters said.