The Income Tax raids on at least three educational institutions, including BGS Global Institute of Medical Sciences run by Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust in Bangalore yesterday, has flared up the Vokkaliga community (to whom the Mutt belongs), triggering a series of agitations in Mysore, Mandya and elsewhere since yesterday.

The ever-busy Mysore-Bangalore highway was blocked for about 30 minutes at Baburayanakoppalu in Srirangapatna taluk this morning by JD(S) party workers and by members of Vokkaliga Sanghas at Gejjalagere in Maddur taluk at about 11 am, stranding hundreds of motorists on either side of the highway. The road block was later cleared by the Police.

At Mandya: Meanwhile, advocates boycotted the court proceedings in Mandya today as a mark of protest against the raid.

At Nagamangala: JD(S) party workers blocked the Bangalore-Mangalore highway (NH-48) for about 10 minutes while another group of JD(S) workers took out a protest march from Nagamangala town JD(S) office to the Mini Vidhana Soudha and submitted a memorandum.

Mysore city: More than 300 members of J.K. Tyres (Vikrant) Vokkaligara Welfare Association staged a demonstration on KRS Road near Hotel Royal Inn Circle in protest against the IT raids. They formed a human chain at the Circle and blocked the road for about 20 minutes, shouting slogans against Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and terming the raid on the Mutt as politically motivated.

The protestors called off their agitation temporarily for a few minutes to allow the school buses and other vehicles to ply, following a request from the Police.

Protest at Gandhi Square: Nearly 50 party workers of JD(S) staged a dharna at Gandhi Square in city this morning in protest against the IT raid on Adichunchanagiri Mutt in Bangalore and termed it as a vengeful move on part of the State government.

They also raised objection over the removal of former PM H.D. Deve Gowda’s portrait from the CM’s chamber, saying that Deve Gowda fully deserved the honour as he is the one and only person from Karnataka to hold high office. 2

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore