The bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations to protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu was total in the city on Saturday.
The city was under heavy police protection as over 18,000 personnel and 40 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and the City Armed Reserve (CAR) were deployed for security.
While various Kannada groups staged protests in different parts of the city, some instances of violence were reported in areas like Corporation Circle, Majestic, Malleswaram, Madiwala and Silk Board Junction.
The members of some pro -Kannada organisations who tried to lay siege to the Metro railway station were taken into preventive custody by the police.
All major government and private hospitals in the city remained operational. Essential commodities like milk and medicines were not hit due to the bandh.
Many LPG dealers, who could not attend to their customers’ calls have decided to open their shops on Sunday. “People need not worry as about 150 gas dealers will work on the holiday,” President of Gas Dealers Association, Bharath Gas, Capt Harish said.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) T Suneel Kumar said, “The bandh was totally peaceful and the situation remained calm all over the city. We have taken 105 activists into preventive custody.”