The state-wide bandh called to protest against the Supreme Court order on releasing water to Tamil Nadu, received huge response across the city and brought the heritage city to a grinding halt on Friday.
The one-day bandh called by various farmers and pro-Kannada activists over the Supreme Court directive on Cauvery water threw the normal life out of gear as the transportation in the city was paralysed. All hotels, banks, offices, shops and business establishments remained closed in support of the bandh. Mysuru and Mandya, which is the hotbed for the Cauvery issue, and the public from these areas vented anger by staging protest and demonstration in various parts of the city.
Following the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water every day to Tamil Nadu, various pro-Kannada organisations called for state-wide bandh. Supporting the call, various including Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Cauvery Orata Samithi, District Kannada Sahitya Parishath, Kabini Hitharakshana Vedike, Jayakarnataka Sanghatane, Kavalu Pade and others hit the major streets in the city from morning, expressing their anger by burning tyres and effigies of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitaa. Commercial establishments, Provisional stores and hotels and major shops on Devaraja Urs Road, Ashoka Road, Sawday Road and Chamaraja Double Road had voluntarily shutdown their business extending the support to the state-wide bandh. Public transport was drastically affected in the city as state and city transport buses stayed off the roads. Even autorickshaw and cab unions extended their support and avoided ferrying passengers in their autos and cabs. All educational institutions had declared holiday keeping security of students in mind and government offices, banks also downed shutters.
Agitators took out a huge Rally from the Kote Anjaneya temple premises and passed through high clock tower, Gandhi Square, K R Circle and Sayyajirao Road. The agitators and raised slogans against Jayalalithaa. A few of the agitators took out a bike rally and forcefully shut down some of the shops, commercial establishments in the city that were open. A few of the agitators ransacked the Divisional LIC office in the KR Mohalla and damaged the office property when the officers refused to close down the office.
Employees of various private establishments, employees of Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC), Hotel Owners association, Brahmana Maha Sabha and others too extended their support to the bandh and hit the streets.
As agitators staged demonstrations on the Kote Anjaneya Temple Premises, Devaraja Urs, Police disrupted the traffic in the surroundings areas by putting up barricades across at the KR Circle. Police, as a preventive measure, have tightened security in front of the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) office to keep the agitators at bay.