Bengaluru, May 24 : The 36-hour lockdown announced by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday received overwhelming response in the state with people remaining inside their houses and not venturing to go outside unlike during previous similar situations. Mr Yediyurappa, after announcing certain relaxations during introduction of lock-down 4 recently, had given a call for observing total curfew, with some exemptions, in the State on Sunday's till May 31.
In the State, which is observing lockdown from 7 pm to 7 am daily after introduction of lockdown 3, the curfew is literally for 36 hours since the business establishments will remain closed from 7 pm May 23 (Saturday) to 7 am on May 25 (Monday). Only essential services, including provision stores were allowed to function. Medical shops, sale of Milk, Vegetables , Sweet Meat stalls are exempted from the bandh. Movement of vehicles including Auto rickshaw, bus service including Private bus, K S R T C and BMTC were banned. Streets, Majestic Bus stand wore a deserted look in the State capital and according to reports reaching headquarters of Police, KSRTC offices the lockdown was total and people are cooperating with the government to maximum extent in the State.
According to reports, a pregnant woman, who arrived at Kalaburagi, had a tough time reaching her house since auto rickshaws were off the road. Finally she was taken home by her cousin on a two wheeler. Likewise many travelling public experienced hardship and some started walking to their destinations by carrying luggage and children. In the City of Palaces, Mysuru, Port City Mangaluru, Commercial City Hubballi, Dharwad, according to reports, observed total lockdown and similar reports received from other parts of the State. No untoward incident reported from any part of the State so far, according to Police. (UNI)