Many have taken to social media to criticise the Chief Minister for continuing to sit inside his car while the police were taking action against protesters.

Karnataka floods Cops lathicharge flood-hit locals who stalled CM BSYs convoy
news Controversy Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 09:01

In the backdrop of massive flooding in North Karnataka, locals who blocked Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's convoy were lathicharged and driven away by the police. On a tour of flood-hit areas, the Chief Minister was visiting Konnur taluk in Gadag district on Friday.

A video doing the rounds on social media shows a large number of villagers surrounding the Chief Minister’s car. They had reportedly wished to convey their grievances. The police, who failed to control the crowds, reportedly chased them away with lathi-charge. Police officers escorting the convoy are seen using ropes to hold the crowds back. In a scuffle that broke out between the police and the protesters, officers are seen beating a few men. One cop is seen beating a protester twice with the lathi.

The Chief Minister has drawn flak for the incident; many have taken to social media to criticise him for continuing to sit inside his car with no efforts to stop the police from taking action against the people.

Chief Minister Yediyurappa had visited Belagavi district on Friday morning to review the flood situation following which he visited Gadag for a review. The people, who had come to meet the Chief Minister, have lost their houses and fields due to floods and hoped for relief funds from the government.

Rains and resultant floods continue to wreak havoc in Karnataka's northern and coastal districts. 19 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, 2 State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 11 columns of Army have been deployed to rescue people. More than 1.5 lakh people have been evacuated from low-lying areas. More than 90,000 people have been shifted to the 467 relief camps opened in eight districts. Officials of the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are also positioned in the flood-affected areas.

Receiving no respite, on Friday, the Met Department warned that there would be extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu and Shivamogga.


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