Cauvery water row: Anti-Tamil Nadu protests in Karnataka; PWD office, police station vandalised in Mandya

Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday blocked a major highway in Karnataka and 700 buses were taken off roads in massive protests a day after the Supreme Court directed the state to release Cauvery river water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Sep 06, 2016, 14:51 PM IST
Cauvery water row: Anti-Tamil Nadu protests in Karnataka; PWD office, police station vandalised in Mandya
Pic Courtesy: ANI

Bengaluru: Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday blocked a major highway in Karnataka and 700 buses were taken off roads in massive protests a day after the Supreme Court directed the state to release Cauvery river water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

According to news agency ANI, the movement of hundreds of buses travelling between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were blocked by protestors, meanwhile, a bus was also torched in Tamil Nadu.

For safety, the Karnataka government has pulled off 700 of its buses travelling from Bengaluru and Mysuru to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Due to security reasons, Krishna Raja Sagara dam and Brindavan Gardens in Mandya will remain closed for four days.

The Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi (Cauvery protection committee) had called for a bandh today in Mandya - the hotbed of Cauvery politics – a day after the Supreme Court directed the Karnataka government to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka Law Minister, however, made an appeal for calm over the issue. My appeal to people is to keep calm and not take law in their hands, TB Jaychandra, Karnataka Law Minister, said on Cauvery issue.

 

 

All this comes as farmers and others continue to hit the streets protesting the top court directive to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for next ten days to the neighbouring state.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, whose government has been expressing its inability to release water to Tamil Nadu citing poor storage, held a meeting at Vidhan Sabha ahead of all-party meet.

He would hold a meeting with floor leaders of all parties in the state legislature, MPs and district-in charge ministers at 3 pm today to take stock of the situation.

Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi president and former MP G Made Gowda had urged the government to file a review petition in the top court.

The farmers' leader also warned the government that it would face a strong agitation if water was released to Tamil Nadu.

Protests broke out in other parts of the state including Chamrajnagar, Mysuru and Hubballi with farmers and pro-Kannada activists demonstrating against the Supreme Court order.

Police said effigies and posters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa were burnt in some places in these districts. A group of farmers tried to enter the KRS Reservoir in Mysuru protesting the court direction, but police prevented them.

Jai Karnataka activists vandalised a PWD office and a police station in Mandya protesting against SC order on Cauvery water matter. Meanwhile, DK Shivakumar, a minister in the Karnataka government, said schools and colleges in Mandya will remain closed for two days.

'Karnataka Okkuta', led by Vatal Nagaraj, called for a 'Karnataka bandh' on September 9. Workers of the pro-Kannada outfit held a protest in Bengaluru, bringing traffic to a halt in the heart of the city.

Passing orders on a petition by Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court noted that damage would be caused to samba crops in the neighbouring state and directed Karnataka to release water.