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Over 150 held to avoid trouble during statue unveiling

Over 150 persons were rounded up by the police amidst a bandh call given by pro-Kannada outfits opposed to the unveiling of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar's statue in Bangalore on Sunday.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2009 15:18 IST

Over 150 persons were rounded up by the police amidst a bandh call given by pro-Kannada outfits opposed to the unveiling of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar's statue in Bangalore on Sunday.

The statue will be unveiled by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the presence of his Karnataka counterpart V S Yeddyurappa.

Decks were cleared for unveiling of the statue after an 18-year wait following an order of the Karnataka High Court which yesterday dismissed a petition by the Kannada outfits seeking a direction for stopping the event.

Amid threats by these outfits to disrupt the event, tight security arrangements have been made for the ceremony, police said, adding that the preventive arrests included that of Kannada Chaluvali leader Vatal Nagaraj whose outfit along with some other Kannada bodies have given the Bangalore bandh call.

Yeddyurappa has declared that his government would go ahead with the function as it had the backing of the people and the High Court.

To seek support of all Kannada outfits, he had convened a meeting here yesterday, but it was boycotted by some of them.

The unveiling of the statue of Thiruvalluvar, who authored 'Thirukurral', a code of life, some 2,040 years ago, remained stalled due to stiff resistance from some Kannada organisations.