Thousands of Vokkaligas protest Shivakumar’s arrest

Thousands of people belonging to the Vokkaliga community took out a protest rally in Bengaluru yesterday against the arrest of senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar and to express solidarity with him as the issue appeared to take a caste colour.

The protesters poured into the city from different parts of the State, particularly the Vokkaliga stronghold of Old Mysore region, in response to “Raj Bhavan Chalo” call given by various outfits of the community. Vokkaliga and Lingayat are the two dominant communities of Karnataka.

Shivakumar, an influential Congress leader of Karnataka and a former Minister, was arrested on September 3 by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of alleged money laundering and has been in the custody of the agency since then.

The protestors backed by the opposition Congress and the JDS marched from National College grounds to Freedom Park and then to the Raj Bhavan. Holding placards, banners and posters of Shivakumar, the rallyists raised anti-BJP slogans.

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