KPN owner Natarajan says thanks for not attacking drivers
SALEM: Curfew is in force in 16 sensitive localities after angry protests turned violent in southern Karnataka over releasing more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.
According to the reports around 150 to 200 protestors armed for arson with petrol bombs set on fire around 50 buses at a bus depot owned by KPN Travels at D’Souza Nagar, in Nayandahalli, on the outskirts of the city.
KPN, one of the largest private omnibus operators in South India owned by a businessman KP Natarajan from Salem in Tamil Nadu. Reports claim that around 50 buses including sleeper, semi-sleeper, AC and Non-AC buses valued at over Rs 50 crore, were burnt.
In a interview KP Natarajan claims that this is the first time that our buses were targeted "Cauvery skirmishes have happened in both states and sometimes buses have been attacked, but never at this scale, I am a businessman. How will targeting my buses and business solve the Cauvery issue? We have nothing to do with it.” says KPN owner.
Natarajan says he is thankful none of his staff were critically injured. He will approach the police and file a complaint.