With the Supreme Court modifying its Cauvery water release order and directing Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water daily instead of 15,000 to Tamil Nadu, protests have intensified various parts of Karnataka.
Violence has intensified in Mysuru and Bengaluru. It was also noticed across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on September 12 after the SC altered its order.
Apart from setting vehicles on fire in the city, schools and colleges were closed early and metro services have been stopped as a precaution. Around 500 police personnel have been deployed near Krishna Raj Sagar Dam following violence in Tamil Nadu.
While this was so, the Karnataka government has asked Tamil Nadu to ensure the safety of Kannadigas.
Meanwhile, irate Tamil protesters pelted stones at the branch of Karnataka Bank in Chennai’s Anna Nagar.
Former prime minister HD Devegowda said that the Karnataka government was strong enough to control any protest. He added that the affected people will only express their feelings by intensifying the protest.
Such is the intensity of protests between the two states that Kannada agitators stopped a vehicle with Tamil Nadu registration in Chamundipuram, asked the occupants to get down and set it on fire. Two vehicles were attacked in Mysuru by agitators upset over the Supreme Court decision. Patrolling has been intensified by Mysuru Police.
This apart, the Chennai Police has taken four persons into custody in connection with petrol bomb attack on a Kannada restaurant in Mylapore, Chennai.
Around eight members of Naam Tamizhar Katchi, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi and Tamil National Movement, attacked the Karnataka-registered vehicles, including two buses in Rameswaram. No one was injured in the incident and the culprits were taken into custody.
Thirty persons owing allegiance to various Pro-Tamil outfits were arrested when they attempted to lay siege to the Karnataka Bank protesting against the state’s attitude, in Puducherry.