As Wednesday turned out to be normal with any violence reported, re-opened offices functioning as usual, private schools have finally decided to re-open schools on Thursday and parents may prepare to send their wards in the morning.
The BMTC and KSRTC buses are seen plying on Bangalore roads bringing the look of normalcy back to busy Bangalore. However, Wednesday saw no school buses on the roads. The situation is likely to change by tomorrow as many private managements have sent SMS messages stating that the school will be re-opened.
Police have assured residents that “Bengaluru situation is totally calm, strict action will be taken against vandals/miscreants.” In another tweet, City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh said, “Curfew has been lifted in all 16 police station limits of Bengaluru city from 9 AM today.”
Despite the state government’s assurance, many private schools have opted to shut schools on Wednesday fearing for the safety of children. The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka categorically said that the private schools will not to put children at risk.
The management body’s General Secretary, Sashi Kumar, said, “Safety of children is paramount. We have asked individual managements to take a decision.” He had earlier suggested that the schools will reduce the Dusserah vacations to compensate the loss of working days.
According to SMS messages sent by many schools and notices, they will re-open on Thursday, three days after the city witnessed carnage on the streets over Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu. In a positive move, some Tamils hit the streets in Mandya protesting against the supreme court verdict carryng empty vessels and showing their solidarity with farmers. Some residents of a Tamil colony appealed to Tamil Nadu CM to ensure safety of Kannadigas living there.
However some sporadic protests were held by the Rythara Hithrakshana Samithi (Farmers’ Interests’ Protection Committee) headed by G. Madegowda has reportedly staged a dharna on Wednesday and vowed to continue their stir till water flow to Tamil Nadu stops.