Bengaluru: A total Karnataka bandh called by several farmers organisations on Monday has begun across the state.

Farmers and other associations opposing the recent amendments to Land Reforms, APMC, Electricity and Labour Acts by the state government took to the streets at 6am on September 28. The protests will likely go up till 6pm.

The bandh is also supported by several pro-Kannada outfits and the opposition Congress and the JD(S).

Sandalwood actor and activist Chetan Ahimsa was also seen taking part in the protests. Speaking to Asianet Kannada, Chetan clarified that the protests are happening not in favour or against any political party but for the betterment of farmers.

Meanwhile police have tightened security across the state and Bengaluru.

Speaking to the media, Bengaluru City Police commissioner Kamal Pant said “We have not given permission for any protests in the city. We will deploy 12,000 civil police, 47 KSRP, 24 CAR platoons in Bengaluru. Senior police officials have been deployed to supervise across the city,”.

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Shops and establishments are not likely to operate in a few areas where the rallies are happening, while government offices, banks, post offices will remain open.

KSRTC and BMTC buses, metro service will run normally, while cabs and auto services are likely to be affected in the state.

Karnataka Deputy CM Laxman Savadi on Sunday said “There will be no disruption in transport services and government buses will run as usual in Karnataka on Monday. Police have been requested to provide additional security in view of the bandh called against the recently passed farm bill tomorrow”.