BENGALURU: The Karnataka bandh called by ‘Kannada Okkoota’ to oppose the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu disrupted normal life in Bengaluru and other southern parts of the State on Friday.
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Authorities had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara and Hassan districts, and declared holiday for schools and colleges there.’Kannada Okkoota’ is an umbrella organsation of Kannada and farmers’ outfits. A Bengaluru bandh was observed over the same reason on Tuesday.
As many as 44 flights to and from the Kempegowda International Airport here were cancelled owing to the Karnataka bandh.
Similarly, the state transport corporations too cancelled many of their bus services, especially in the Cauvery basin districts of Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajanagar, where the bandh had the most impact.

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Most of the shops, business establishments and eateries in Cauvery basin districts such as Mandya in southern parts of the State downed their shutters. Private vehicles were off the roads in those areas.
The state owned transport corporations operated very few buses in the southern districts fearing backlash.
The bandh evoked a mixed response in other regions of the State.
Protestors set fire to a portrait of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin in the district headquarters town of Chitradurga.
The Kannada film industry joined the bandh with actors, producers, directors and technicians staging a sit-in demonstration here.
Actors Shivarajkumar, Darshan, ‘Duniya’ Vijay and Dhruva Sarja were among those who took part in the protest held near Sri Gururaja Kalyana Mantapa.

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce also extended support to the day-long bandh.
Theatres across the State have canceled the shows till evening, with the Karnataka Film Exhibitors Association backing the shut-down.
Most of the information technology companies and other firms in Bengaluru have asked their employees to work from home.
Key market areas in Bengaluru such as Chickpet, Balepet and adjoining business areas here wore a deserted look.
The Auto Rickshaw Drivers Union and Ola Uber Drivers and Owners Associations too had extended their support to the bandh
A group of people from pro-Kannada organisations gathered near the arrival gate of Kempegowda International Airport here to register their protest as part of the bandh and raised slogans.
“We have taken 12 people into preventive detention. They had gathered at the airport premises to register their protest over the Cauvery water dispute..” a senior police officer said.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar maintained that there was no need for a bandh over Cauvery row as his government was protecting the interests of the State.
The Dy CM, who holds the Water Resources portfolio, said the government ensured that no one faced hardship during the bandh which he added was peaceful, and vehicles plied and shops were open at many places as usual.
Hundreds of protestors detained as precaution during Karnataka bandh; no violence reported: Police
Hundreds of protestors were detained during Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations and farmers’ outfits on Friday to protest against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.
The Bengaluru Police detained over 700 agitators who tried to block roads during the day-long shutdown.
Addressing a press conference in the evening, Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayananda said the bandh passed off peacefully in the city, where there were no reports of stone pelting, forceful closure of shops, and stopping of vehicles plying on roads.
A total of 785 protesters were detained and taken into custody as a preventive measure. But they were all released later, he said. Around 1,500 protesters had gathered at Freedom Park in Bengaluru as part of the protests.
Security was tightened in Karnataka with heavy police deployment across the state.
The Bengaluru Police had also imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure since Thursday midnight as a precautionary measure. The police also detained scores of protesters who tried to block the Bengaluru-Hosur and Bengaluru-Mysuru National Highways by staging a sit-in protest, official sources said.
In the Cauvery heartland of Mandya, 325 protesters were taken into preventive detention and released later. Members of farmers associations held a ‘rail-roko’ protest in the district and raised slogans against the state government over releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.
They staged a protest by sitting on the railway track but were taken into custody. The bandh was observed peacefully in the districts of Chamarajanagara and Mysuru where no preventive detentions were made by the police.
(With inputs from PTI)

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