Karnataka bandh: As it happened

 A dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits today to protest against the SC's direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu is likely to throw normal life out of gear.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2016, 23:36 PM IST
Karnataka bandh: As it happened

Bengaluru: The normal life was thrown out of gear across Karnataka due to the day-long strike called by pro-Kannada outfits on Friday to protest against the Supreme Court's direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.

LIVE updates:

- Karnataka Chief Minister has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his urgent intervention. The CM told PM that release of water as per honourable Supreme Court's order has caused greater unrest and disquiet among public, farmers across the state.

- He asked the PM to call a meeting of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka CMs for speedy resolution of the dispute.

Effigies and posters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa were burnt in some areas, reports say.

- Clashes break out between police and Jai Karnataka activists in Gulbarga, Karnataka.

 - Bengaluru Police have made elaborate security arrangement to maintain law and order situation in the city.

- Few activists of pro-Kannada organisations who tried to enter the departure terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport and the railway station here were stopped and detained by the police.

- Attendance at government offices was comparatively less today as officials had informed that it will not be "compulsory" to work today.

- Karnataka's Shivamogga and Hassan area observe bandh. Buses, taxis stay away from roads.

- Cauvery water issue disrupts normal life in Gulbarga area. People are left stranded in bus stands as no public transport is available.

- Roads across Bengaluru bore a deserted look, as but public transport, including metro services, are not ply​ing. All the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation​ (BMTC) buses remain parked at the Banashankari bus depot.

Keeping in view the law and order problem, the schools, colleges have been shut.

Big IT companies in Bengaluru – Wipro, Infosys and other multinationals have declared a holiday.

Public transport will be severely affected as as the state bus transport and cab services have announced their support to the protest.

This is the second bandh that the state is bracing for in less than a week's time and the fourth this year.

Officials said with the bandh on the emotive Cauvery issue is being supported by several organisations, unions and political parties.

With Karnataka Cable Operators Association supporting the band, the Tamil channels will be off air.

Banks, shops, markets, malls, hotels, bars, pubs, eateries, restaurant, theatres and petrol bunks will also remain closed during the day.

In Bengaluru, more than 14,000 police personnel will be deployed. 36 Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons and one company Rapid Action Force have been deployed.

Bowing to the apex court's Monday order, the state began releasing 15,000 cusecs of water daily from early Wednesday from its reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and the youth in the Mysuru region.