The state of Karnataka is observing a near-total bandh on Saturday, with vehicles off the roads and most private establishments shut as of Saturday early morning. Here is why Karnataka is witnessing a bandh.
The News Minute’s reporters Sarayu Srinivasan and Anisha Sheth get us updates from the ground.
Roads are empty, buses and most auto-rickshaws are not plying, while medical stores are open.
There are a few auto-rickshaws seen operating at Majestic in the morning, but they were quoting high prices in an attempt to fleece helpless commuters.
“We will operate till about 8-8:30am, and based on what the situation is we will stop,” said Swamy, an auto-driver at HSR Layout.
Very early in the morning, as outstation buses drove into the Bengaluru, some auto-rickshaws were playing at important stops like Madiwala, but their service has now stopped.
Shops at Madiwala market are open. “If I am even going to be beaten up, so are the others here who have kept their shops open. Like always we will keep shops open until there is too much pressure to shut,” said Ramakka, a vegetable vendor at Madiwala.
Petrol stations are open at some places. Staff at an oil station in HSR Layout told TNM that they were to down shutters by 8am, but following a request and offer of security from the police, they have kept it open for customers.
“We were to close at 8am, but the area police called and asked us not to. They are deputing a police personnel and keeping an ambulance here for emergency,” said Shobha, at Hi-Tech Autoservices Petrol Pump in HSR Layout.