Pro-Kannada activists stop screening of Tamil films in B'lore

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Bangalore, Mar 31 (UNI) Pro-Kannada activists today attacked nine cinema theaters, showing Tamil films, in protest against the Tamil Nadu Government taking up the drinking water project at Hogenakkal.

The agitators also demanded the withdrawal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's reported statement that ''since the Assembly elections were round the corner, Karnataka was raising the Hogenakkal issue to gain political mileage.'' Karnataka Rakshna Vedike, which is spearheading the agitation, warned that screening of Tamil films would not be allowed in the city till Mr Karunanidhi withdrew his statement and tendered a public apology.

Earlier, the activists tore the posters put up at the theatres and forced the owners to suspend the show in nine theatres. They warned against continuing the show till Mr Karunanidhi tendered an apology and cancelled the project.

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