The controversial language row in the state of Karnataka is far from over, with the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists on Saturday asked the shopkeepers across Bengaluru to display signboards in Kannada language.

In the latest development, the workers associated with Pro-Kannada group KRV campaign were forcing the shopkeepers and vendors in the city of Bengaluru to display signboards in Kannada language only. This comes after a sustained anti-Hindi row in the state carried out by such pro-Kannada groups.

Lately, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has asked all the nationalised, rural banks’ non -Kannada employees working in the state to learn the Kannada language in six months in a bizzare statement.

Earlier in July, the pro-Kannada group, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), defaced English and Hindi signage outside a restaurant at a Bengaluru mall.

In another incident in July, Kannada activists had blackened Hindi signage at Bengaluru metro station to protest the “imposition” of Hindi on Karnataka. Signboards at all 41 stations stood defaced before services began at daybreak. Police arrested six activists at KR Market station.