TN bandh: Jayalalithaa orders Cauvery water release from Mettur, DMK protesters detained
Tamil Nadu is observing a dawn-to-dusk bandh supported by Opposition parties on Friday on the Cauvery water sharing row.
With Mettur Dam witnessing steady inflows following Karnataka's release of water from the Cauvery River, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa orders opening its sluice gates for irrigating samba crops in the delta districts. "To enable farmers take up samba cultivation, I have directed release of water from Mettur Dam from September 20, 2016," she says.
A Puducherry report says an effigy of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was burnt outside the bus terminal by some agitators and that the flames were doused by police. A Puducherry Road Transport Corporation was stoned on Vazhudavoor road, following which it was brought to the shed. No passenger was injured, police said.
Several establishments remain shut in Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Nilgiris districts, affecting normal life, in response to the bandh call. About 20,000 small and medium scale units in and around the city and over 30,000 garment factories in the textile hub of Tirupur extend support to the bandh and down shutters, according to reports.
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