400 activists of pro-Kannada outfits rounded up
Last Updated: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 20:11
Bangalore: Around 400 pro-Kannada activists have been rounded up and over 3,000 securitymen deployed in the city in view of a bandh called to protest the unveiling of a statue of Tamil savant Tiruvalluvar here on Sunday.

A thick security ring has been thrown around the venue, where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in presence of his Karnataka counterpart B S Yeddyurappa would unveil the statue, which could not be done for 18 years due to stiff resistance from some Kannada organisations.

The arrested include Vatal Nagaraj leader of Kannada Chaluvali, a pro-Kannada outfit which along with some other bodies have given the Bangalore bandh call demanding that the two states first resolve other issues like the contentious Cauvery river water sharing.

Additional Commissioner (Law and Order) M R Pujar said state armed reserve police and City Armed Reserve personnel would be on duty.

The unveiling ceremony comes after the Karnataka High Court yesterday dismissed a PIL filed by pro-Kannada outfits, seeking a direction to the government not to go ahead with the unveiling and warned them against resorting to agitation.

A Division Bench, headed by Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, had castigated the outfits and said the state had a free hand to deal with it if any attempt was made to hold an agitation.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 20:11

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