After tense days, resilient Bengaluru limps back to normalcy
After a day-long violence in many places following another day of preventive measures by the security forces, Bengaluru is finally getting back to normal life. As per local reports, the traffic in the city was normal on Wednesday morning. Schools, colleges, shops, offices and IT companies are working today in the city.
IT Secretary of the State Karnataka conveyed that IT companies can resume their normal work flow. “There is no strike. The government has decided that maintenance of law and order is of high priority,” NASSCOM Karnataka team sent this out as a message to IT firms.
Widespread violence had taken place in the city on Monday. One person died and another received injuries after police opened fire on protesters. Curfew was in place at least in 15 police station limits on Tuesday, including Mysuru Road. Most of the roads in the city were empty.
Many firms in the city remained closed on Tuesday. Heavy police presence and security forces keeping vigil brought the city back to calm.
The Bengaluru city police said curfew in 16 police stations and ban orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code will remain in force until further notice.
Wipro, IBM, Infosys and other IT companies will function on Wednesday. These were either shut or their employees worked from home on Tuesday. Cab operators, too, said they would resume operations on Wednesday.
Metro rail has also resumed its service in the city since yesterday night.
The protests followed the Supreme Court order earlier on Monday asking Karnataka to release to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water every day to Tamil Nadu till September 20.