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Bengaluru bandh: BJP MLA claims dead mouse found in food given to cops

BJP MLA alleges dead mouse was spotted in the food handed to police during the Bengaluru bandh.  A dead mouse was allegedly discovered in the food given to the security officers stationed at the protest sites in Bengaluru on Tuesday, according to BJP lawmaker Basanagouda R Patil (Yatnal).

In response to the 12-hour bandh declared to protest the transfer of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu by Karnataka, BJP MLA Basanagouda R Patil (Yatnal) stated that a dead mouse was discovered in the food provided to the security officers stationed throughout Bengaluru. He cited a local news article in support of his claim.

Basanagouda R. Patil shared a news article from Asianet on the microblogging platform X (previously Twitter) on Tuesday morning. The police that responded to the Bengaluru bandh security were given rat chow by the administration, he said. A dead baby mouse was discovered in the meal given to the police officers tasked with keeping order during the Bengaluru bandh protest.

In one of the meal packets provided by a nearby restaurant for police officers assigned for security during protests throughout the city, a dead mouse was reportedly discovered, according to the news report. The city traffic police were looking into the situation, according to the news source.

In response to the bandh, the Bengaluru Police implemented Section 144 of the CrPC from Monday at midnight to Tuesday at midnight. Additionally, the police have not given the city any authorization for processions.

REACTIONS TO BENGALURU BANDH WERE MIXED

The BJP and JD(S) supported the Bengaluru bandh, which was called on Tuesday by Kannada and farming organizations. Most public services continued to run as usual, but fewer people went outside.

The demand for today’s dawn-to-dusk (6 am to 6 pm) Bengaluru shutdown came from the “Karnataka Jala Samrakshana Samiti,” an umbrella group of farmers’ associations and other organizations led by farmer leader Kuruburu Shanthakumar.

As they attempted to stage a protest march toward Town Hall, Shanthakumar and other members of the “Karnataka Jala Samrakshana Samiti” were detained by the police near the Mysuru Bank circle.

ACTIVISTS ARE INTAKEN
Several Kannada organization activists who had assembled at Town Hall to conduct a demonstration were also taken away by the police.

Kannada activists and farmers’ leaders criticized the administration for allegedly deploying police force to put an end to the demonstrations and bandh.

At Freedom Park, a location set aside for such protests, farmers and pro-Kannada organizations are likely to organize a demonstration.

The city police have put in place sufficient security measures to deal with any potential violence during the protests. There are about 100 platoons deployed.

ISSUE OF CAUVERY
Following the Supreme Court’s rejection to overturn orders from the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Regulation Committee ordering the state to provide 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, protests have persisted in various districts of Karnataka.

Farmers’ groups and pro-Kannada organizations have been organizing demonstrations in the Cauvery River basin districts, Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara, Bengaluru, and other locations to show their outrage and demand the state government not to release water to the neighboring state.

Due to water constraint brought on by insufficient monsoon rains, Karnataka has maintained that it is unable to release water, taking into account its own demand for drinking water and irrigation for standing crops in the Cauvery basin districts.

 

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