Traders, dalits hold protest
Hassan, Jan 21, DHNS:
Shifting of KSRTC bus stand has hit autorickshaw and taxi drivers
The traders of old bus stand closed their shops and staged a protest
in Hassan on Friday urging the authorities of KSRTC to open the new
bus stand only after providing facilities to the commuters.
They contended that sudden shifting of the bus stand had hit traders,
autorikshaw and taxi drivers and more importantly the commuters. The
business in the surrounding areas of the old bus stand runs into lakhs
of rupees. Besides, it was centrally located. After shifting the bus
stand the business has dropped by nearly 70 per cent. The general
public was also facing hardship to reach the new bus stand.
They demanded that the new bus stand should be commissioned only after
providing all the facilities. After that all the city buses and
moffusil buses should be operated from the old bus stand. The traders
should be allowed to do their business even at the new bus stand.
In the morning, they went in a procession and submitted a memorandum
to the revenue authorities. Later, they came near the N R Circle and
tried to divert all the KSRTC buses towards the old bus stand which
was prevented by the cops.
In another protest, The dalits, under the banner of Dr B R Ambedkar
Yuvaka Sangha, staged a dharna near the deputy commissioner's office
in Hassan on Friday, against encroachment of the land belonged to them
by the Upper castes at Agalahalli in the taluk.
They claimed that the deputy commissioner, tahsildar and police have
failed to act upon the complaint lodged in this regard. The land
belonged to Gowramma, Ramegowda and Siddamma have been encroached upon
by the Upper Castes and have constructed houses. This had obstructed
When this matter was brought to the notice of the authorities
concerned, MLA H S Prakash had convened a peace committee meeting and
had directed the revenue authorities to take steps for the removal of
those encroachments. Subsequently, the department conducted a survey
which proved that the land belonged to the dalits were now under the
possession of the Upper Castes. Despite the survey report, no action
was taken for the removal of encroachments. They have warned of
boycotting the SC/ST meeting to be held on January 28 if no suitable
action was taken in this regard.
The tahsildhar, Mathai who came to receive the memorandum from the
agitators, returned after the agitators raised slogans against him. He
was not allowed to say anything regarding the steps taken by the
revenue department in this regard.
Later, MLA Prakash volunteered to hold discussion with them. Although,
he promised to make the spot visit on Saturday and take steps, the
agitators spoke in an objectionable manner, which irritated him. He
too left the place in a huff.
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