One bus damaged in a stone-pelting incident at Farangipet as part of the 12-hour bandh called by several pro-Kannada organisations under the banner of Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkoota began on Thursday.
The bandh supporters pelted stones when a Tirupati-Mangaluru bus reached at Farangipet. Passengers escaped unhurt though the bus got damaged.
The bandh was called by several pro-Kannada outfits on Thursday, demanding implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi report by providing more jobs for Kannadigas in the state.
Bangalore University has postponed all post-graduate examinations scheduled for Thursday in the view of Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada activists. Cab services, Ola, Uber etc. were affected. Auto drivers who are part of Adarsha Auto and Taxi Union and Jai Bharatha Vehicle Owners and Drivers Association were participated in the bandh. But many Autorickshaws operated as usual though only one of the autorickshaw drivers' associations had supported the bandh.
In Bengaluru, city buses plied as usual though most of them ran almost empty as there were very few commuters. Security has also been beefed up in Bengaluru, with two ACPs, five police inspectors, 15 sub-inspectors and 800 personnel deployed, reports The Indian Express.
Public transportation including the Namma Metro and the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are to be functioning as normal in Bengaluru, reports The Hindu. Several reports claim that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) staff and workers associations are yet to decide if they will participate in the bandh.
At Pirangipet in Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada district, stones were pelted at a private bus in the morning. Heavy deployment of policemen has been made at important locations to check untoward incidents.
Police said no permission had been given for any rally and warned of action against those forcing closure of businesses and shops, PTI reported. Many organisations have also extended their support to the bandh. The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Lorry Owners Association, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) among others have supported the call for the bandh on 13 February.
A report by former union minister Sarojini Mahishi that recommends a certain percentage of jobs to Kannadigas in public sector undertakings, private companies, and multinational companies. The report was submitted in 1984 but is yet to be implemented. The Karnataka government on Wednesday said that it is committed to fulfilling the Sarojini Mashishi report.