Protests broke out in several parts of Karnataka following the arrest of senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar by the ED in New Delhi in connection with a money laundering case.
Demonstrations and attempts to block roads by burning tires were reported from Ramanagara, Chennapattana and few neighboring towns, where a bandh has been called by Shivakumar’s supporters.
Shivakumar in tweet earlier before his arrest wrote , ‘I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me. The IT & ED cases against me are politically motivated&I’m a victim of BJP’s politics of vengeance & vendetta.’
I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me.
The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP’s politics of vengeance and vendetta.
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) September 3, 2019
Shivakumar’s Kanakapura assembly constituency falls under Ramanagara district.
As a precautionary measure the district administration has declared holiday to schools and colleges on Wednesday.
Incidents of stone pelting on government buses was reported at Kanakapura last night following the Congress leader’s arrest.
Shivakumar, the Congress troubleshooter from the state was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after he had appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning for the fourth time on Tuesday at its headquarters in Delhi.
The arrest of Shivakumar by the ED has drawn condemnation from opposition leaders in the state with former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamyaccusing the BJP of using central agencies to “oppress voices of dissent”.
On his part, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said law will take its own course and that he would be more happy than everyone if the former minister comes clear of the charges.