Bangalore Bandh on July 31: 17,000 policemen deployed, tech city in dilemma

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Bangalore, July 30: Without wasting its time, state administration deployed at least 17,000 police personnel across Bangalore where 50 pro-Kannada groups called for a bandh (strike) on Thursday, July 31. [update: Bangalore bandh on July 31 cripples tech city; exams postponed]

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Just to avoid any disturbance or clashes during bandh on Thursday, 17,000 police officials including RAF, CAR, 1000 home guards, KSRP 52 battalions have scattered in the city.

However, the tech city is still in dilemma as no official words have come yet on whether essential services will operate that day and government/private establishments, including schools and colleges, will remain open.

There is no question of bandh. All institutions will function: Police

The pro-Kannada group called for the bandh protesting against increasing crime, rape incidences against children, women in the city. Though organisers of the bandh are confident that it would be a successful strike in the Garden city, but buses, autos will rub in the city on Thursday.

Earlier Mohammed Mohsin, commissioner, department of public, was quoted as saying, "There is no question of that (bandh). All institutions will function." Private companies, which generally send alert notifications in advance in such cases, have not sent any notice yet.

Times of India reported that some private schools would assess the situation on Wednesday evening or early on Thursday and then take a final call. A BMTC spokesperson said they are yet to decide if buses will ply or not, reported the daily.

However, it has been confirmed that members of the 45,000-strong Karnataka Government Employees' Association, including government school teachers, have extended support to the bandh. They reportedly had said that attendance in government offices is subject to the availability of transport services.

According to sources, the pro-bandh groups would take out a mega rally from Town Hall to the CM's house to submit a memorandum demanding steps to protect the city's image. Meanwhile, media report claimed that heads of school/college managements, women groups and film personalities are expected to participate in the rally.

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