Bandh against Shivakumar's arrest hits normal life in Ramanagara


BENGALURU: Normal life was hit in parts of neighbouring Ramanagara district on Thursday following a bandh called to protest the arrest of senior Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar.

Most parts of Ramanagara district come under Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha constituency represented by Shivakumar's brother D K Suresh.

On Tuesday evening, Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested D K Shivakumar in connection with an alleged money laundering case.

Bandh supporters staged demonstrations and attempted to block roads at some places, but were dispersed by police as the protests continued for the third day.

Police said they have made elaborate security arrangements across the district to avoid any untoward incident.

According to the police report, sporadic protests were reported in places, including Channapattanna and Ramanagara, since morning, while schools and colleges remained shut in the district.

Shops and business establishments were closed in response to the bandh called by the local unit of the Congress and supported by its alliance partner in the previous coalition government - the JD(S).

With no buses plying in Kanakapura, office goers were seen stranded while in other parts of the district some vehicular movement was seen during the early hours.

On Wednesday evening, a Delhi court had remanded the former Minister, who was arrested by the ED in New Delhi on Tuesday, to the agency's custody till September 13.

On August 29, the Karnataka High Court had dismissed Shivakumar's petition challenging the summons issued by the ED in December 2018.

Later, he was summoned by the law enforcement agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and was asked to appear before it on August 30, following which he was interrogated for four days.

The money laundering case registered by the ED last year is the fall out of an investigation carried out by the Income Tax Department against him in 2017, where Rs 8.83 crore in unaccounted cash was found in New Delhi in locations linked to the Congress leader.

In September last year, the ED had registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar and others based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department for alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.


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