Ballari, Oct 1: Condemning the proposal for bifurcation of the Ballari district, the bandh call given by Ballari Zilla Horata Samithi and various Kannada, cultural, social organisation of the district observed a complete bandh on Tuesday. According to the police, no untoward incident was reported in any part of the district.
The public transport system was also paralysed as buses operated by state-owned North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and city commuting services such as autos and taxis remained off the roads.
Schools, colleges, shops and business establishments were also closed. A protest rally was taken out on the main street and fire the tire in Royal circle. Some activists took out a bike rally in different areas of the city and raised slogans against the disqualified MLA Anand Singh, K C Kondaya and Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa who supporting the bifurcating of Ballari district.
Ballari SP C K Baba has warned against people being forced to take part in the bandh. ''We have instructed that no one should be forced to take part in the bandh. Meanwhile, we have taken adequate precaution to ensure law and order during the bandh'', he said.
The organisations which have supported the bandh were Hotel Owners Association, APMC Traders Association, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Lorry Owners Association, Coolies Association and pro- kannada activists.
MLA G Somashekhar Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy, leaders Suryanarayana Reddy and Diwakar Babu have expressed their support to the bandh. The Ballari District Chamber of Commerce & Industry has also their extended support to the bandh.
Chamber President V Ravikumar informed that all the members of the Chamber were opposed to the proposal to bifurcate the district and form a separate Vijayanagara district.''The State government should have consulted the organisations and the elected representatives of the district before sending recommendation for the approval of the Cabinet ''.(UNI)