The bandh on Monday has failed to evoke any response in Bengaluru as expected . But a lot of drama preceded it. Rumours spread on Monday morning that there were no whereabouts of Vatal Nagaraj, who was leading the bandh along with another pro-Kannada outfit leader Praveen Shetty. The police had to take tough actions and preventive measures.
The leaders however came out in open to say that even though some people stayed away from the bandh, they were firm to observe it. Vatal Nagraj and other leaders were taken to preventive custody when they gathered near Town Hall to carry out a protest march to Vidhana Soudha by the police.
Praveen Shetty and 100 other pro Kannada activists were taken into custody for protesting near the Mehkri Circle. All the arrested were released by Monday evening.
For preventive measures, deployment of over 1000 city police, 30 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police was made in the city.
Police commissioner Praveen Sood said that police had detained 326 persons as preventive measures and on Monday they made preventive arrests of 141 persons. BMTC and KSRTC functioned normally. Schools, colleges, government officers, IT/BT firms had not shut. Even though calls were given to shu down cinemas, only a few single theatres which were screening Tamil movies usually were closed and the other theatres and multiplexes remained open.
But the bandh evoked a good response in the neighbouring Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts. Agitators staged a protest on the highway blocking vehicular movement for about half-an-hour near Kondarajanahalli in the city.
Telugu actor feels the heat
Nandamuru Kalyan Ram, a telugu actor had arrived to the city to take part in a private function on Sunday, had checked in a private resort near Bangarapete. But the agitators intercepted his vehicle when he arrived at Srinivasapur circle at 7 am on Monday. He was only allowed to continue his journey after he supported the bandh.