Bangalore news Sept 4 highlights: Following the arrest of former Energy, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar in Delhi on Tuesday evening in connecting to a money laundering case, protests intensified across the state and in the outskirts of Bengaluru near Kanakapura and Ramnagara.
Security has been beefed up in and around chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s residence in Dollar’s Colony in the city, in the wake of the situations. The Karnataka Congress has announced that state-wide protests will be held on Wednesday, including Bengaluru.
However, schools, colleges, and offices will function as normal in Bengaluru, according to top district administration officials.
IN PICS| Protests spill over to neighbouring states; Congress workers protest in Hyderabad
This dictatorship cannot continue.— Anil Kumar Yadav (@AnilTpyc) September 4, 2019
Protest against the politics, against the immoral and illegal arrests of @PChidambaram_IN ji and @DKShivakumar ji, by taking to the streets of the Hyderabad. @Allavaru @srinivasiyc @JebiMather pic.twitter.com/se7fMRjtIB
Govt using agencies to selectively target individuals: Rahul Gandhi
"The arrest of DK Shivakumar is another example of the vendetta politics unleashed by the Govt, using agencies like the ED/CBI & a pliant media to selectively target individuals.," Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday, reacting to Shivakumar's arrest.
ED seeks 14-day custodial to interrogate DKS
Congress leader DK Shivakumar, arrested in a money laundering case, is produced before a CBI court in Delhi where the ED seeks 14-day custodial interrogation. Income Tax investigation and statement of various witnesses have revealed "incriminating evidence" against Shivakumar, ED says. The ED has added that Shivakumar was evasive, and non-cooperative during the probe. "There was phenomenal growth in his income when he was in important positions. Shivakumar is to be confronted with voluminous documents and custody is needed to unearth illegal properties," ED tells the court.
Politicising issue by sending out supporters to streets not right: Jagadish Shettar
Industries minister and former CM Jagadish Shettar said that the central agencies were just doing their duty. "During the time of the UPA government, many leaders from the opposition were questioned and arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (IT) officers. Politicising the issue by sending out supporters to the streets is not right," Shettar said.
He added that the protests held by the Congress party against the arrest will only bring down the party's dignity and would do no good at all.
Cops try to pacify protesters
While protesters continue to shout slogans "Down down BJP," the city police officers present at MG Road are trying to pacify them. Cops are also actively trying to bring the situation under control by putting out the fire from burning effigies placed on the road.
Protesters burn tyres in MG Road
Angry protesters have taken to the key areas in Bengaluru's Central Business District (CBD) to protest DK Shivakumar's arrest. Several supporters gathered marched to MG Road where they burnt effigies of BJP leaders and burnt tyres. Traffic at MG Road is hit due to the same.
Sloganeering against Modi-Shah continue in Bengaluru
"ED officials have arrrested DK Shivakumar under immense pressure by Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah," protesters reiterate at the ongoing protest next to the Gandhi statue in Maurya Circle. Among several placards held by DK Shivakumar supporters and Congress workers in the protests, one read, "Purposely the tax was handed over to ED. We condemn the ED action that has arrested and taken Congress leader DK Shivakumar into custody (sic)."
Protests turn violent in parts of Karnataka; Bengaluru remains calm
While violent protests rocked the outskirts of Bengaluru in places like Kanakapura and Ramnagara, the capital city remained largely calm, with schools and colleges open and offices functioning normally.
WATCH| KC Venugopal denied entry to visit DKS in Delhi hospital
Modi crossed all limits to harass opposition leaders: BV Srinivas
Keep protests peaceful: Ramalinga Reddy tells DKS supporters
As protests intensify across the state with several reports of vandalising public property coming in, senior Congress leader and BTM Layout MLA Ramalinga Reddy has urged the supporters of DK Shivakumar to keep the protests peaceful. "Protests need to be recorded in a peaceful manner. Workers and supporters should refrain from vandalising public property, buses, and the same," he said.
IN PICS| Hundreds gather near Gandhi statue protesting 'vindictive politics'
Congress workers protest @DKShivakumar's arrest in Bengaluru next to Gandhi statue in Mourya Circle. Hundreds of protesters have gathered in the area sloganeering against the Centre alleging 'vindictive politics'. LIVE: https://t.co/YV344NZAEM| @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/x82jJxiTgc— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) September 4, 2019
Protests escalate to road blocks in various parts
Protests by Congress workers and supporters of former minister DK Shivakumar have escalated in various parts of south Karnataka. Huge crowds have gathered in and around key areas of Channapatna, Kanakapura. Protesters are burning tyres on the main roads blocking traffic and shout slogans against the Modi-Shah-led central government.
Govt desperately trying to hide outright failure in checking financial crisis by harassing political opponents: KC Venugopal
"The arrest of DK Shivakumar is a clear case of political vendetta by the fascist BJP government at the centre. After Shri P Chidambaram, yet another leader has been dubiously, vengefully and selectively targetted for standing up against the politics of horse-trading and subversion of mandate practiced by the BJP," AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said.
He further added, "As pliant cohorts in these actions, ED & CBI have proved to be the puppets of the Government at the Centre. In doing so an extremely worrisome and wrong trend has been set by the Modi Government to harass and hunt down and neutralize political opponents with fabricated allegations. Although there are well proved and explicit cases of black money transactions and money laundering during the political horse-trading in Karnataka by the BJP leaders, the central investigating agencies have not registered any cases against them."
Venugpal also said that DKS, being the strong and obedient Congress leader in Karnataka, was always a target of the BJP. "Although he unhesitatingly appeared for the questioning and cooperated in investigations, the Enforcement Directorate is seemingly obeying the command from its masters," he said.
Further criticising the Centre, Venugopal who is also in-charge of Karnataka said in a statement, "It is evident that the government is desperately trying to hide its outright failure in checking the economic slowdown and financial crisis by shamelessly harassing its political opponents. I strongly condemn this politics of vengeance and harassment."
Praying that DKS should come out of this: CM Yediyurappa
"It’s not that I’m happy with his arrest. I pray to God that @DKShivakumar should come out of all this," #Karnataka CM @BSYBJP says. “In my life, neither have I hated anyone nor wished for something bad to happen to someone. Law will take its own course in such cases." pic.twitter.com/rsm8NgeCNt— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) September 3, 2019
Harassment has led to DKS' health deteriorating: BV Srinivas
“Shivakumar's health has deteriorated due to the harassment he has been subjected to. Doctors have advised him to rest but Enforcement Directorate (ED) is trying to take him away,” BV Srinivas, Youth Congress President said after meeting the senior Congress leader in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi.
Protests on Ramanagara-Mysuru route: Traffic diverted
In the wake of protests taking place at Ijoor Circle in Ramanagara, the Bengaluru-Ramanagara-Mysuru road stands blocked. The traffic towards the area has been diverted to Magadi, Huliyurudurga, Madduru.
IN PICS| Protesters target KSRTC buses
Protesters burn, pelt stones at #KSRTC buses. While a bus (F469) of Kanakapura depot was fully burnt at Chunchi Colony, another bus (F1744) of Harohalli depot was attempted to burn - 3 passenger seats were burnt by miscreants. LIVE: https://t.co/YV344Ohbwk| @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/UTzho9fPyP— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) September 4, 2019
Who is DK Shivakumar
Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar was Tuesday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.
Was expecting this for last 7-8 months: Kumaraswamy on DKS arrest
Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy reacted over Shivakumar's arrest and said, "We were expecting this for the last 7-8 months. The Central government is misusing their offices to suppress the leaders of the opposition."
"He (@DKShivakumar) has been cooperating with ED/IT officials for all inquiries till date on his business transactions even until today. Why is it necessary to keep him in custody for more days even then," he added.
Police tells KSRTC not to operate buses in Ramanagara
With at least ten buses been vandalised by stone-pelting protesters during the night at Satanur, native of the senior Congress leader in Channapatana and Ramanagara, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has been asked not to operate buses in Ramanagara until a clearance is provided by the state police force.
Protests across #Karnataka intensify after the arrest of former minister and senior @INCKarnataka leader #DKShivakumar. Stone pelting on 5 KSRTC buses in Satanur, 2 buses from Kanakapura depot and 1 bus each from Channapatna and Malavalli depots. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/sahypCu5Vy— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) September 3, 2019