Krishna writes to PM as Karnataka shuts down over Cauvery
The 12-hour shutdown from 6 a.m., called by Kannada organisations and supported by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), evoked near total response in Bangalore and Cauvery basin districts of Mandya, (80 km from here), Mysore (130 km) and Chamarajanagar(about 200 km).
Government buses, auto-rickshwas and taxis were off the road. Schools, colleges, markets, cinema houses and eating places were shut and even cable TV operators blocked all entertainment channels. Only news channels were on air till 6 p.m.
The response to the shutdown in several parts of north and coastal Karnataka was lukewarm.
Except for an isolated incident of pelting of stones at government buses early Saturday, the shutdown was peaceful, a police spokesperson told reporters in Bangalore.
Buses and auto-rickshwas started plying after 6 p.m. and shops reopened.
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