India, Karnataka, Major event after the supreme court order
Kannada activists call for Mandya bandh after SC directs Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water.
Protestors in Mandya has blocked Mysuru-Bengaluru road causing traffic disruption. Police, however are trying to clear the road.
Today evening the supreme court orders Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 27.
Earliar today The Supreme Court, heard the case related to the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, has directed the state to release 6,000 cusecs a day from September 21 to 27. The SC court also asked the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board within four weeks. That apart, both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka can file objections to the Cauvery Supervisory Committee report in three days.
In the wake of the Supreme Court hearing, security has been increased in and around Bengaluru, with 16,000 police personnel, along with para-military forces, monitoring law and order. Security has also been tightened at sensitive areas like bus stands and railway stations to prevent violent protests.
For the past few days, vehicular movement from the city and Tamil Nadu has been suspended in Attibele. Hundreds of passengers are forced to walk from the border area. Personnel stationed at the border say vehicles are being allowed through Bellur to join Hosur.
Earlier in the day, the police held flag march in the sensitive areas. Shops and commercial establishments functioned normally and no untoward incident was reported until 5 p.m., a senior police officer said. Business was as normal after the SC judgment.
substantial number of police force has been deployed across the city in lieu of the Supreme Court hearing. At the border, two BSF companies and six KSRP companies have been deployed, said, Home Minister G. Parameshwara.
I visited around five police stations in west Bengaluru yesterday. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also called for a Cabinet meeting tomorrow, Karnataka had complied with the earlier order and released 1.68 lakh cusecs until today, said Mr. Parameshwara.
Meanwhile, bus drivers and conductors at the Satellite Bus Stand, where security has been tightened, said the number of passengers had drastically reduced as buses were stopped at the border.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee's order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu resulted in the escalation of tension across Mandya district, prompting farmers to intensify protests. The Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitarakshana Samiti (MZRHS) has expressed unhappiness over the CSC order and announced that it would intensify protests in the district. Various farmer Members and Kannada associations blocked the roads and major junctions in Mandya, Srirangapatna and Maddur towns on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway.
Vehicular movement on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway has significantly come down, the Bengaluru-Kanakapura-Mysuru Road witnessed heavy traffic. Though situation has been tense, no untoward incidents were reported.
Many persons were taken into preventive custody by afternoon on Tuesday by the Mysuru City Police ahead of the scheduled hearing of the Cauvery dispute by the Supreme Court.
The arrested persons include known miscreants and trouble-makers, Mr. Shekar said, who added that arrest of rowdy elements will continue through Tuesday.
Meanwhile, security remained tight across Mysuru with the police deploying additional forces from the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and City Armed Reserve (CAR), besides mounted police at sensitive installations including State and Central Government offices, railway stations, bus stands, commercial complexes, besides schools and colleges.
Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike led by its leader Mohan Kumar Gowda staged a protest outside the law court complex in Mysuru. The protesters, who were wearing the prison uniform, said they were ready to court arrest, but would not allow release of Cauvery water.
Hope the coming day on Wednesday is a nice day amid all the protest is going on, people must be able to go to do their job and no violence is done across like the last time it happened, said an IT worker in Bangalore.
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