Five tourist vehicles with Karnataka registration plates were attacked in the early hours of Monday morning at Mylapore, Chennai. The attack took place at New Woodlands Hotel.
This comes a day after a video of a Tamil youth being mistreated by a group in Karnataka went viral on social networking sites. According to the New Indian Express, the attackers left a note behind claiming that this in response to the ‘attacks’ against the Tamils in Karnataka and warned that such incidents will continue if more Tamils are attacked in Karnataka.
According to the hotel staff, 10 men entered and starting raising slogans against Karnataka and vandalised the hotel property. Six petrol bombs were hurled at the hotel. According to The News Minute, this incident occurred between 3:00 to 3:15 am.
Meanwhile, a bus from Karnataka was vandalised reportedly by Naam Tamilar Katchi party workers in Rameswaram adding to the existing tensions in the state. There were also reports of vehicles being vandalised in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
These attacks are a continuation to the soured sentiments of the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery river water row. Karnataka saw protests against Supreme Court’s decision to release water to Tamil Nadu. A state-wide bandh was organised on September 9, 2016 and farmers in south Karnataka resorted to protests, burning tyres and blocking major highways.
The Supreme Court directed the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water daily to Tamil Nadu for 10 days starting from September, 7.