Cauvery water issue: Karnataka bandh brings state to standstill

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In protest against release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu, a one-day shutdown in Karnataka has brought life to a standstill on September 9.

Apart from government schools and colleges, offices in many places such as Bengaluru, Mysore, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Udipi, Dakshina Kannada among others have been closed. All modes of public transport remained off roads since this morning. Even Metro has shut down its services. However, South Western Railways has said none of its trains have been cancelled.

Though essential supplies such as milk and hospitals will not be hit, banks and chemists will remain closed down. Karnataka film industry is likely to take out a rally in Bengaluru in support of the bandh and will not work throughout the day. Also, Infosys and Wipro and about 400 MNCs in Bengaluru have declared a holiday in view of the bandh. Petrol bunks, malls and hotels will remain shut.

With taxis staying off the roads, hundreds of passengers are stranded at Bengaluru’s international airport. Similar is the situation at the city railway station.

Local cable operators, as sign of their contribution to the bandh, have stopped airing Tamil language channels across the state on September 9.

Though chief minister Siddaramaiah has said the government will not take lightly to violence, Bengaluru has been affected by it (the government) extending support to the protestors.

Amidst the protests, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will meet PM Narendra Modi to apprise him of the volatile situation.

To maintain law and order, additional forces have been sent with two companies each from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, one from Maharashtra and 10 companies of central forces. In Bengaluru, 14,000 police personnel, 36 Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons and one company Rapid Action Force have been stationed.