Successful district bandh sends clear message to Yettinahole supporters
Update (12:02pm): The members of NRSS gathered in front of Mangaluru City Corporation to protest against the Yettinahole project.
Speaking to mangalorean.com, president of NRSS Vijay Kumar Shetty said that the people of Dakshina Kannada have supported the bandh wholeheartedly. “They are well aware of the water crisis in the district and the consequences of the Yettinahole project. This bandh will not be limited for a day but will continue in the coming days. If the project will not be dropped, we will go to the Supreme Court. We will fight until the project is dropped.”
Advocate Dinakar Shetty speaking to mangalorean.com said, “Through this bandh, the people of DK have sent a very clear message to the government as well as to those who support the Yettinahole project. The district minister in-charge Ramanath Rai and the state government should now understand the decision of the people and drop the project, else it will be the murder of democracy.”
Dinakar also said, “We are ready to sacrifice our lives but we will not allow the Yettinahole project to be completed. We will continue our agitation till the government drops the project.”
Mangaluru: The district observed a peaceful bandh on May 19 to protest against the continuation of the Yettinahole project.
The members of the Netravathi Rakshana Samyukta Samiti had called for a district bandh on May 19. The Bus owners’ and drivers’ union, the Autorickshaw union and various organizations supported the bandh.
On the morning of May 19, Bajrang Dal activists blocked the road at Nanthur junction and burned tyres. Later, the activists gathered at the circle and recited the Hanuman Chalisa.
At 11:30 am, Sri Rama Sene activists will hold a protest in front of the Gandhi Statue.
So far the bandh has been successful and no untoward incidents have been reported. A clear message is being sent to all those who are supporting the Yettinahole project. Police have been deployed in petrol pumps and marketplaces to monitor the situation. Vehicles are being checked at various places.