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Sep 23 – The Karnataka Police Department is on high alert and has made elaborate security precautions in the wake of Saturday protests in Bengaluru and other areas of south Karnataka against the government’s decision to provide water to Tamil Nadu.
During the protests, Home Minister G. Parameshwara has advised protesters not to disrupt law and order or cause damage to public property.
The BJP and JD(S) have pledged their support to several farmer and Kannada organisations protesting the Congress government. C.T. Ravi, a BJP leader, will join the demonstrators in Mandya in the morning, while former CM and JD (S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy has said he will join the rallies in Mandya after coming from New Delhi.
The BJP is holding a large demonstration near Mysuru Bank Circle in Bengaluru’s Central Business District. A large number of people are anticipated to attend the protest, which is likely to disrupt traffic.
Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and other key BJP leaders are taking part in the demonstration. Protests are being organised by the BJP unit in Bengaluru.
Mandya district has responded positively to the bandh call. Except for the emergency services, all shops, theatre, and commercial establishments were closed. The region has reported roadblocks. Mysuru and Ramanagara districts have increased security.
Security has also been increased near highways in Bengaluru where buses controlled by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operate, as there is a significant risk of agitators attacking them. The police have also stationed a platoon at the Mysuru Satellite Bus Terminal, where buses from Tamil Nadu are held.