Cauvery water issue: Vehicles set on fire in Bengaluru, Mysuru; bus services to Tamil Nadu effected

Protests against the Karnataka government's decision to release 15,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery basin have turned violent, with violence spreading from the Cauvery region to Mysuru and Bengaluru.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2016 3:45 pm
cauvery1 A truck was set on fire by pro-Kannada protesters in Bengaluru. (Source: Express photo Nirmal Harindran)

Bengaluru Police detained several pro-Kannada activists on Monday as they set fire to vehicles and resorted to stone pelting in various pockets of the city. There were also reports of vehicles being set on fire in Mysusru but the situation is returning to normalcy, according to the city police. This comes days after the Karnataka government, after much deliberation, complied with the Supreme Court order to release 15,000 cusecs of water from the Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu. Bus services running from Bengaluru and Chennai were also effected, with protesters pelting stones at shops inside the bus station. Metro services were also temporarily suspended.

Protests against the state government’s decision have turned violent, with violence spreading from the Cauvery region to Mysuru and Bengaluru. On Saturday, a few activists tracked down an engineering student from Tamil Nadu studying at a private college in Bengaluru and thrashed him for mocking Kannada actors who came out in support of the Cauvery issue. Petrol bombs were also hurled at a hotel run by a Karnataka native in Chennai on Monday morning.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told news agency ANI that for both states to live in peace such incident must not occur. “No anger related incidents should occur. It is expected that they (TN) will take action,” he said after petrol bombs were thrown at a Chennai hotel. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has amended its original order and directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery to Tamil Nadu instead of 15,000.