India, Sept. 11 -- A week after former minister DK Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate, a large protest was held in Bengaluru on Wednesday by Vokkaliga organisations condemning the move.

Called by a forum of Vokkaliga organisations, the protest saw participants arrive from within the city and from the immediate outskirts, including Ramanagaram, Shivakumar's home district. A police official estimated that around 30,000 people attended the protest.

Though protests had been held before, this was the first where Shivakumar's arrest was painted as an attack on the Vokkaliga community, which is dominant in the southern Old Mysuru region of the state. While statements had been made to this effect by various leaders, it hadn'...