Bengaluru: Tension escalated at Freedom Park on Friday as the members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) vandalised public transport system demanding CBI probe into the ongoing Lokayukta corruption scandal.
More than 5000 KRV members staged the protest in various parts of the city and vandalised BMTC buses. Protesters demanded resignation of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao accused of being involved in corruption. They demanded CBI probe into the alleged corruption.
Over 5000 police officers were deployed to maintain law and order in the city. Along with KRV President Narayana Gowda, around 350 protesters were taken into preventive custody and FIR was filed on both male and female protesters.
Speaking to The Beacon, DCP Sandeep Patil said that although the idea of protest was right, the deeds of KRV members were wrong. “Zero tolerance would be shown to the protesters, one has the right to protest, but not vandalise the public property,” said Mr Patil.
Harish, Traffic Police Officer, Freedom Park Junction, said that the protest was causing a lot of trouble to the commuters. They had to divert traffic because of the protest. “Commuters and ambulances passing through Majestic, Corporation, Subbaiah Circle, K R Market, Town Hall and Freedom Park witnessed heavy traffic jam. Ambulances in many places were stuck for hours due to the protest,” said Mr Harish.
Venuka Prasad, a KRV member, warned that more public transport system would be vandalised if action was not taken against Lokayukta Justice Rao. “We will continue this protest until the Lokayukta resigns. It’s disgraceful to see Justice Rao, in spite of being involved in corruption, is defending his son.”
Gnana Murthy, a KRV member said, “Our seven to eight vans were seized, more than 25,000 KRV members across the state are expected to join the protest tomorrow. We will submit a memorandum to the Governor to probe the Lokayukta corruption and bail out KRV President Narayana Gowda and its members.”
– Rahulraj S, II MS Comm