Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS)
activists attack online lottery centres
Herald - Thursday, March 6, 2003
Protesting against the Government policy towards online lottery in the State, members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) on Wednesday attacked seven lottery centres here and destroyed lottery machines and burnt some of them.
Police have taken into their custody more than a hundred agitators, including KRRS General Secretary Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, District Working President Kottur Shrinivas, leaders Kanagal Murthy, Dharmesh, Naveen and several women, on charges of creating disturbances and vandalism.
Two groups under the leadership of Kodihalli Chandrashekhar attacked lottery centres in the city. The lottery centres at Bus Stand, Kattin Kere Market, Kasturba Road have been badly damaged in the incident.
The agitators who took out a procession in the city carrying lottery machines culminated at the N R Circle and set lottery machines on fire. They shouted anti-Government and anti-CM slogans.
On hearing the news that lottery centres are being attacked by the people, some centres downed their shutters and escaped.
Addressing the protesters at the Deputy Commissioner’s office later, Kodihalli Chandrashekhar strongly condemned the Government’s statement made in the legislature meeting yesterday.
The Government had permitted 200 arrack shops in the taluk and allowed other 2,000 shops to operate illegally. It was shameful that the Government was defending its stand on wine and lottery culture, he rued.