Violence hit Bengaluru on Monday as locals protested the Supreme Court order to release 15000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Many vehicles were set ablaze by the pro-Kanada activists leading to the suspension of bus service to Tamil Nadu. Mysuru was most affected. Metro service in Bengaluru was also stopped following the violent protests.
Though the apex court, later in the day, modified its September 5 order and asked Karnataka to release a reduced amount of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery River water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 20 to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state, the protests continued.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah condemned the violent protests in the state and appealed for peace. “For both states to live in peace such incidents should not occur,” said the chief minister.
Siddaramaiah said he would write to his Tamil Nadu counterpart Jayalalithaa to help cooperate in maintaining cordiality between the states, which are now locked in a bitter row. He said he would also speak to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, if necessary, on the incidents targeting Kannadigas.
Earlier in the day, suspected pro-Tamil protesters attacked and damaged a hotel run by a native of Karnataka in Chennai. The incident occurred during the wee hours when the group of protesters gathered at the hotel situated in Mylapore and damaged its window panes using iron rods and wooden logs, police said adding that no one was injured.
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