Bandh partial, peaceful in Bengaluru

Normal life was disrupted in different parts of city due to the state-wide bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits demanding central governments intervention into the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with the neighboring Goa.

The bandh was for most part peaceful and no untoward incident was reported anywhere in the city.

Thousands of pro-Kannada activists started their rally around 12 noon. They burnt an effigy of Central government near Town Hall, and the procession reached Freedom Park around 3 pm.

Majestic bus station wore a deserted look and normal life was hit after KSRTC and BMTC suspended their services after pro-Kannada outfits activists pelted stones and threatened to stop buses at Majestic bus station around 7.30 am. All passengers were made to get out of the buses.

BMTC officials said, they will monitor the situation on an hourly basis before rescheduling trips.

BMRCLs Metro services were not hit. Metro trains were running on both the purple and green lines with 10-minute frequency, but ridership was minimal.

“We are currently running trains on both lines at constant headway of 10 minutes. Depending on the rush will increase the frequency,” a BMRCL official said.

At 8 am, few people gathered at Metro Majestic station, but were dispersed by police. “So far, no other incidents have been reported,” said Vasanth Rao, spokesperson BMRCL.

Ola and Uber services were available in the city and cabs came to the rescue of airport passengers. There were few customers for auto-rickshaws.

The film industry cancelled all shoots. Multiplexes and malls remained closed on Thursday.

Essential services such as petrol bunks, hospitals, medical stores, and a few hotels remained open.

Advocates stayed away from court proceedings in support of Mahadayi water dispute protest.

Nearly 250 and fire brigade and police personnel were deployed in and around Town Hall and Freedom Park area to ensure law and order in the city on Thursday.

Activist Vatal Nagaraj who led the protest said, barring the BJP, all other parties and organisations had extended their support for the bandh.Normal life was disrupted in different parts of city due to the state-wide bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits demanding central government’s intervention into the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with the neighboring Goa.

The bandh was for most part peaceful and no untoward incident was reported anywhere in the city.

Thousands of pro-Kannada activists started their rally around 12 noon. They burnt an effigy of Central government near Town Hall, and the procession reached Freedom Park around 3 pm.

Majestic bus station wore a deserted look and normal life was hit after KSRTC and BMTC suspended their services after pro-Kannada outfits activists pelted stones and threatened to stop buses at Majestic bus station around 7.30 am. All passengers were made to get out of the buses.

BMTC officials said, they will monitor the situation on an hourly basis before rescheduling trips.

BMRCL’s Metro services were not hit. Metro trains were running on both the purple and green lines with 10-minute frequency, but ridership was minimal.

“We are currently running trains on both lines at constant headway of 10 minutes. Depending on the rush will increase the frequency,” a BMRCL official said.

At 8 am, few people gathered at Metro Majestic station, but were dispersed by police. “So far, no other incidents have been reported,” said Vasanth Rao, spokesperson BMRCL.

Ola and Uber services were available in the city and cabs came to the rescue of airport passengers. There were few customers for auto-rickshaws.

The film industry cancelled all shoots. Multiplexes and malls remained closed on Thursday.

Essential services such as petrol bunks, hospitals, medical stores, and a few hotels remained open.

Advocates stayed away from court proceedings in support of Mahadayi water dispute protest.

Nearly 250 and fire brigade and police personnel were deployed in and around Town Hall and Freedom Park area to ensure law and order in the city on Thursday.

Activist Vatal Nagaraj who led the protest said, barring the BJP, all other parties and organisations had extended their support for the bandh.***

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