Ruckus at the Bengaluru International Airport on September 29, with over 40 flights cancelled as Karnataka called for a statewide strike today amid orders to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. Amid the bandh call, Karnataka Police has detained over 50 members of protesting pro-Kannada organizations to maintain law and order.
Bengaluru: In the recent development, 44 flights scheduled to take off and land at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru early on Friday have been cancelled in which 22 of these were incoming and 22 outgoing. Airport authorities have said it was due to operational reasons, and passengers were intimated within time. However, sources said cancellations happen due to the Karnataka Bandh as many passengers had cancelled their tickets.
Visuals from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, shows that Members of pro-Kannada organisations had organised protests outside the airport earlier this morning, during which police officials detained several of them.
Statewide bandh has been called in Karnataka today amid the order to give Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. As the Cauvery water row intensifies, Karnataka Police has detained more than 50 members of pro-Kannada organizations protesting to maintain law and order.
Authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara and Hassan districts and declared holiday for schools and colleges there.
Most of the shops, business establishments and eateries in Cauvery basin districts such as Mandya in southern part of the State downed their shutters. Private vehicles were off the roads in those areas. The state-owned transport corporations operated very few buses in the southern districts fearing a backlash.
Yesterday, in the wake of Karnataka bandh, the Bengaluru International Airport had issued a passenger advisory, “Due to the one-day Karnataka bandh called by various unions and organisations on September 29, 2023, we anticipate disruption in transport services. Passengers are advised to plan their travel to and from the airport accordingly”. “Passengers are requested to follow alerts from respective airlines, law enforcement agencies and media released for further updates,” it said.