DK Shivakumar arrested: Protests erupt in several parts of Karnataka following senior Congress leader's arrest by ED

Protests broke out in several parts of Karnataka on Wednesday following the arrest of senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the ED in New Delhi in connection with a money laundering case.

Press Trust of India September 04, 2019 11:41:33 IST
DK Shivakumar arrested: Protests erupt in several parts of Karnataka following senior Congress leader's arrest by ED
  • Protests broke out in several parts of Karnataka following the arrest of senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the ED in New Delhi in connection with a money laundering case.

  • Demonstrations and attempts to block roads by burning tires were reported from Ramanagara, Chennapattana and few neighboring towns.

  • Shivakumar's Kanakapura assembly constituency falls under Ramanagara district.

Bengaluru: Protests broke out in several parts of Karnataka on Wednesday following the arrest of senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the ED in New Delhi in connection with a money laundering case.

DK Shivakumar arrested Protests erupt in several parts of Karnataka following senior Congress leaders arrest by ED

Karnataka Congress Minister DK Shivakumar. ANI

Demonstrations and attempts to block roads by burning tires were reported from Ramanagara, Chennapattana and few neighbouring towns, where a bandh has been called by Shivakumar's supporters. Shivakumar's Kanakapura assembly constituency falls under Ramanagara district.

As a precautionary measure, the district administration has declared holiday to schools and colleges on Wednesday. Incidents of stone-pelting on government buses were reported at Kanakapura last night following the Congress leader's arrest.

Shivakumar, the Congress troubleshooter from the state was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after he had appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning for the fourth time on Tuesday at its headquarters in Delhi.

The arrest of Shivakumar by the ED has drawn condemnation from opposition leaders in the state with former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy accusing the BJP of using central agencies to "oppress voices of dissent".

On his part, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said the law will take its own course and that he would be happier than everyone if the former minister comes clear of the charges.

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