DK Shivakumar Arrest LATEST Updates: Karnataka Congress has called a state-wide protest on Wednesday after the arrest of party leader DK Shivakumar by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday. According to The Indian Express, the bandh is to be effective in Ramanagara and Kanakapura only and security has been beefed up near Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s residence and around BJP offices in these two places. Schools, colleges and offices are functioning normally in Bengaluru as there is not bandh in the city but Bengaluru-Mysore traffic will be affected. There also have been reports of stone-pelting at Kanakapura depot by angry Shivakumar supporters. According to ANI, the police control room of Ramanagar has been informed to not let KSRTC buses operate on Wednesday till they give clearance. Buses were even targeted in Malavalli, Kanakapura and Channapatna. Earlier, KSRTC PRO said, “We are monitoring the situation. Directed divisional officers to take action of services’ suspension based on the local situation. Activated control room and advised the divisional officers. Taking to Twitter, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee expressed its support for the party leader, saying “Congress stands firmly with DKS and will fight this legally and politically.”
Yediyurappa also reacted to the arrest, saying that law will take its own course and said he would be the happiest if the former minister came clear, reported India Today. The ED on Tuesday evening arrested Shivakumar in connection with an alleged money laundering case. The Congress leader needs to be put through custodial interrogation and hence was arrested, PTI quoted officials as saying. The ED will produce Shivakumar before a court in New Delhi on Wednesday to seek his custody. In his first reaction following the arrest, Shivakumar alleged vendetta politics and “congratulated” the BJP for “finally being successful in their mission of arresting me”. He also appealed to his partymen and well-wishers not to be disheartened and asserted that he had done nothing illegal.