Karnataka Bandh: Violence reported in parts of state, Shivakumar’s arrest example of vendetta politics unleashed by govt, says Rahul Gandhi

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Updated:Sep 04, 2019 6:32:21 pm

Bandh in Karnataka Today: Shivakumar's assembly constituency Kanakpura also witnessed violent protests. Incidents of stone pelting at government buses were reported in the area.

Karnataka bandh live, bengaluru bandh, dk shivakumar, bengaluru bandh updatesCongress supporters burnt a KSRTC bus during day-long bandh in Karnataka. (Photo/IE)

Karnataka Bandh Today Live Updates: The day-long bandh called by the Congress in Karnataka on Wednesday in protest against the arrest of senior leader DK Shivakumar by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi witnessed sporadic protests in Bengaluru and several parts of the state. Protesters burnt KSRTC buses in Ramanagara and Kanakpura areas. There were reports of stone pelting at buses too.  Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said he was not happy with the arrest of  Shivakumar. Yediyurappa said he will pray to God for the Congress leader’s early release.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi described DK Shivakumar’s arrest as vendetta politics by the government. “The arrest of DK Shivakumar is another example of the vendetta politics unleashed by the Govt, using agencies like the ED/CBI & a pliant media to selectively target individuals,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

A team of Congress leaders headed by party General Secretary KC Venugopal was stopped from meeting DK Shivakumar at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi.

Congress supporters also tried to block roads by burning tires in several parts of capital city Bengaluru. Shivakumar’s assembly constituency Kanakpura also witnessed violent protests. Incidents of stone pelting at government buses were reported in the area.

The local administration has directed school and colleges to remain close in the wake of the bandh.

Shivakumar, who is considered as the Congress’ troubleshooter in Karnataka, was arrested late on Tuesday by the ED in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case. He had appeared before the central agency for the fourth time of Tuesday for questioning following he was taken into custody.

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    17:20 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Shivakumar's arrest example of vendetta politics unleashed by govt: Rahul Gandhi

    The arrest of DK Shivakumar is another example of the vendetta politics unleashed by the Govt, using agencies like the ED/CBI and a pliant media to selectively target individuals, says former Congress president Rahul Gandhi.  

    16:38 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Shivakumar giving evasive replies: ED tells court

    Pressing for 14-day custody of DK Shivakumar, the Enforcement Directorate told a special Delhi court that the Congress leader is giving evasive replies, and is not cooperating in the investigation. ED said there is reason to believe the accused is guilty of laundering.

    16:13 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    ED seeks 14 day custody of DK Shivakumar

    The Enforcement Directorate has sought 14-day custody of Congress leader DK Shivakumar who was arrested in connection with an alleged money laundering case.  The Congress has called a day-long today bandh in Karnataka in protest against Shivakumar's arrest.

    15:36 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    DK Shivakumar produced before Delhi court

    Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was arrested by the ED in connection with an alleged money laundering case on Tuesday night, was produced before a Delhi court today. Shivakumar is represented by Congress colleague Abhishek Manu Singhvi in the court.

    15:29 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Karnataka Home Minister appeals for peace

    Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has appealed for peace after Congress supporters resorted to violence in parts of the state during the bandh called in protest against the arrest of senior party leader DK Shivakumar.  The minister has also directed officials to take appropriate measures to control law and order situation in the state.

    14:48 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Protests turn violent in Bengaluru and parts of Karnataka

    A protest march by Congress workers during the day-long bandh called turned violent in Bengaluru. Police had to use force against the unruly mob which tried to block roads by burning tires.  

    13:49 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Congress workers protest in Bengaluru

    Hundreds of Congress workers gathered at the Gandhi statue in Mourya Circle in Bengaluru to protest against DK Shivakumar's arrest.  

    13:39 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Congress not allowed to meet Shivakumar in hospital

    A team of Congress leaders, including General Secretary KC Venugopal, was stopped outside Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where DK Shivakumar has been admitted after his arrest by the ED. Congress leaders were not allowed to meet Shivakumar at the hospital. 

    12:45 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Not happy with DK Shivakumar's arrest: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa 

    Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said that he was not happy with the arrest of Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the Enforcement Directorate. READ MORE HERE

    12:14 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Mallikarjun Kharge condemns Shivakumar's arrest

    Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has condemned arrest of party leader DK Shivakumar. "They want to demoralise him and party workers. As per rules whenever Income Tax department and ED called, he responded. He is cooperating. Is he absconding? Why are they doing this? Just to harass and mentally torture him. I condemn this," Kharge said.

    11:55 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    DK Shivakumar's arrest clear case of political vendetta: Congress

    The Congress has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for the arrest of DK Shivakumar. A statement issued by the Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal described ED's action against Shivakumar as a "clear case of political vendetta by the fascist BJP government at the Centre". "After Shri P Chidambaram, yet another leader has been dubiously, vengefully and selectively targetted for standing up against the politics of horse-trading and subversion of mandate practiced by the BJP," the statement said. 

    11:49 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    DK Shivakumar's health has deteriorated, says Congress leader

    Youth Congress president Srinivas BV told news agency ANI that DK Shivakumar's health has deteriorated due to the harassment he has been subjected to. "Doctors have advised him to rest but Enforcement Directorate (ED) is trying to take him away," he said after meeting Shivakumar at the RML hospital in Delhi.

    11:42 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    KSRTC buses attacked by bandh supporters

    Violent protesters torched a KSRTC bus of Kanakpura depot in Chunchi Colony. Several buses were damaged in stone pelting by agitators. 

    11:40 (IST)04 Sep 2019
    Traffic diverted in Mysuru highway due to protests

    The administration has diverted traffic on the Bengaluru-Ramanagara-Mysuru road as protesters have blocked it. Motorists are being asked to take Magadi, Huliyurudurga, Madduru route.

    Karnataka bandh live, bengaluru bandh, dk shivakumar, bengaluru bandh updates Congress supporters burnt a KSRTC bus during day-long bandh in Karnataka. (Photo/IE)DK Shivakumar, who is considered as the Congress' troubleshooter in Karnataka, was arrested late on Tuesday by the ED in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case. He had appeared before the central agency for the fourth time of Tuesday for questioning following he was taken into custody.
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