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Senior Congress Leader DK Shivakumar’s arrest by ED has led violent protest in different parts of state by Congressparty workers and supporters, Shivakumar’s arrest, condemning the central government, pelting stones at KSRTC and private buses and burning effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.
Ramanagara district, which falls under the parliamentary constituency of Shivakumar’s brother DK Suresh, witnessed large-scale violence. The town observed a bandh with schools, colleges closed and shop owners downing shutters. Protesters in Bengaluru damaged buses, burnt tyres and raised slogans against the BJP government. KSRTC officials said a total of 16 buses were damaged across the state. On Tuesday night, 13 buses were damaged and three on Wednesday. “A dozen buses were damaged in Kanakapura and one each in Uppinangady Town (Dakshina Kannada), Chikkanahalli Gate (Kolar) in Bengaluru,” an official said.
The corporation has deputed chief traffic manager and chief security-vigilance officer to Ramanagara to monitor operations.
Meanwhile, KSRTC officials said Fly Bus services to Kempegowda International Airport will continue to run. “We are operating Fly bus services from KIA to Mysuru via Nelamangala, Kunigal, Bellur Cross and Pandavapura,” said an official. On the Mysuru – Bengaluru route, only a few services are operating via Magadi and Huliyurdurga.
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