Bengaluru, Sep 10 : The nationwide dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by various organisations and opposition parties was near total in Karnataka with normal life thrown out of gear across the districts.
With ruling coalition Janata Dal (S) and Congress also supporting the bandh call, the entire state was shut off. Almost all business establishments were closed and public transport services, including Karnataka Road Transport Corporation bus service, came to a grinding halt.
However, essential services like milk and newspaper supply, hospitals, pharma outlets, vegetable and fruit stalls, that are excluded from the bandh call was not affected. With both coalition partners supporting the bandh, the state government had directed closure of schools and colleges across the state for a day.
Railway services in the entire state, metro services in Bengaluru, banks, post offices, petrol bunks, hospitals, private companies, including all IT companies and government offices operated as usual but there was very thin attendance in government establishments, officials said. While Ola taxi services were out of the roads as drives and owners of the cars supported the bandh call, some cars under UBER aggregator and some auto-rickshaws were seen plying. Some auto-rickshaw drivers and owners organisations affiliated to the BJP did not participate in the bandh. But it was witnessed that protesters forcefully stopped some taxis and autos that were plying on the roads in different districts.
There were some assorted incidents of stone pelting as miscreants stoned some buses that were returning to their destinations after overnight journey on long routes. Stone pelting on central government offices, including post offices, were reported from some places.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements with tens of thousands of police personnel and officers ensuring that peace prevailed across the state barring some minor incidents. In Bengaluru alone, 15,000 police personnel and officers, 30 platoons each of KSRP and CAR and 270 patrolling vehicles were deployed.
Congress workers took out protest marches across the state condemning the spiraling prices of petrol, diesel and LPG that due to high tax slapped by the union government while groups of protesters from other organisations were seen taking out procession and forcing closure of a few business establishments that were open in the morning. In Bengaluru, KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao led the protest by the party-men. (UNI)