IGP warns pro-Kannada activists against violence

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Bangalore, Apr 2 (UNI) Karnataka Inspector General and Director General of Police K Srinivasan today warned pro-Kannada agitators against indulging in violence, even as protests against Hogenakal project across Cauvery river being taken up by Tamil Nadu at the disputed Hogenakal falls continued today.

However no incidents of violence or arson was reported from any parts of the state.

Speaking at Police Flag Day function the IGP said stringent action would be taken against those who indulge in violence and disturb peace.

"Since 10th standard examination is on and elections are in progress the agitation should not become the reason for disturbing the peace and cause trouble to public," he said.

Meanwhile, police security was provided at the residence of Mr Karunanidhi's daughter who lives in the City as precautionary measure in the aftermath of agitators belonging to pro-Kannada organisations attacking Tamil Sangam office and forcing stoppage of screening of Tamil films in some theaters in the city.

The protesters burnt the effigies of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in Davanagere, Bidar, Bijapur and in the city demanding the Union Government to intervene and direct TN Government to shelve the project.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), which is spearheading the agitation, has threatened to force stoppage of beaming Tamil Channels on cable TV and screening of movies in the theaters screening Tamil films from this evening.

Meanwhile, a meeting of various Kannada organisation, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and others have given call for 'Karnataka Bandh' on April 10.

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