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Bengaluru, Sep 28: Pro-Kannada groups have issued an open challenge to the government by calling for a statewide bandh on Friday. They have challenged the authorities to take action against their activists as they fear that there will be a massive protest across Karnataka over the sharing of Cauvery water with Tamil Nadu.
Pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj stressed the seriousness of the upcoming all-Karnataka bandh, saying, “Friday’s all-Karnataka bandh will be a serious protest.”
The bandh call comes after recent reports of police intervention against a group of protesters during Tuesday’s bandh, which was centered on the Cauvery water-sharing issue. “Around 2,000 organizations will participate in the protest,” revealed Vatal Nagaraj, former MLA and president of the pro-Kannada federation, Kannada Chaluvali. All sectors, including the film industry, manufacturing, hotels, transport, and even airport employees, will protest. Is.” “Pledged our support for Friday’s bandh.”
Commenting on the significant police presence during previous protests, Nagaraj said, “I have never seen such a large deployment of police in Bengaluru in my life. There was over 50,000 personnel in the city. However, on Friday, regardless According to your numbers, more than one lakh workers will participate in the bandh.”
In response to the state bandh called by pro-Kannada organizations, the University has postponed its 58th annual convocation, originally scheduled for Friday. The new date of the convocation will be announced in due course.