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August 2, 2000
Educational institutions won't open this week
Fakir Chand in Bangalore
Even as Bangalore was limping back to normalcy after a two-day bandh, the chief minister had cautioned rumour-mongers from spreading false news and sternly warned anti-social elements against creating disturbances and causing law and order problems.
As a pre-cautionary measure, the state government has ordered closure of schools and colleges in Bangalore (urban and rural), Mandya, Chamarajnagar and Mysore districts on Thursday and Friday as well. With this, educational institutions in the city will have remained closed for the entire week.
Chief Minister S M Krishna was not willing to comment on the efforts of Nakkeeran editor R Raja Gopal to establish contact with Veerappan for negotiating the safe release of Kannada icon Dr Rajakumar and his three associates.
"Gopal is on his job. It will not be appropriate to disclose further details as the entire operation is not only sensitive, but also delicate. I hope the media will co-operate with the government to bring this sordid drama to an end," Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna declared in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Gopal is also carrying medicines for Dr Rajakumar. They were handed over to him by one of the cine star's son who had rushed to Madras from Bangalore on Tuesday.
Asked whether any bandh was being observed in the city even on Thursday on account of a call being given by Kannada Chaluvali leader Vatal Nagaraj, Krishna retorted that bandhs did not serve any purpose, and "on the other hand, they cause hardship to the people and affect essential services."
Meanwhile, the city police has deployed 5 more companies of the Central Reserve Police Force across Bangalore to prevent any untoward incident. "More forces will be deployed if necessary," Krishna said.
He contradicted the statements made by Congress parliamentarian and cine actor Ambareesh on Veerappan's demands such as withdrawing Terrorism And Disruptive Activities cases against some persons and transfer of certain pending cases to the Madras High Court. An agitated Krishna said, "Ambareesh does not represent the state government and what he said on Tuesday were his own views."
Though public transport, offices, business establishments, banks and essential services resumed operations, the situation in some parts of the city remained tense, but under control.
"Except for a stray incident or two, the city was peaceful. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Indian Penal Code are in force till this week-end. Liquor shops and bars will also remain closed till Sunday," city Police Commissioner T Madiyal stated.
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