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Karnataka: Stray protests over Cauvery issue
February 06, 2007 13:44 IST
Stray protests by farmers and Kannada activists in parts of Bangalore and Mandya district continued for the second day on Tuesday to protest against the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's final award.
Police said small groups of farmers set up road blocks in some pockets of the sensitive Mandya district on the Bangalore-Mysore state highway but there was no disruption of vehicular movement.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operated skeletal bus services to Mysore.
A Mandya report said Pandavapura, Malavalli and Keragodu areas observed bandh but the overall situation in the district remained peaceful.
Train services between Bangalore and Mysore also remained normal till noon.
Police said 220 inmates of jail in Mandya staged a dharna within their premises to protest against the tribunal's award.
Forcible closure of shops and business establishments was reported in some parts of Bangalore and Mysore.
Activists of Kannada Rakshana Vedike staged demonstrations in several parts of the city, Mysore and Mandya and disrupted movement of vehicle for some time, police said.
In Malleswaram, Rajajinagar and Majestic area, the busy junctions of the city, the Vedike activists forced closure of shops. In some areas traders voluntarily shut their shops.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has been maintaining skeletal services.
Meanwhile, an all-party meet convened by the chief minister on Tuesday to discuss the fallout of the verdict was expected to be postoponed to Wednesday as H D Kumaraswamy was away in Ullal to attend the last rites of Congress sitting MLA U T Fareed, who died early on Tuesday.
The police have been maintaining tight security cover in Bangalore and Cauvery basin districts of Mandya, Mysore and Chamarajnagar, where a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges.
Farmers outfits in Mandya and Mysore have called their meeting to chalk out future course of action following the verdict.