Cauvery water dispute: What happened in Bengaluru today

The apex court has now directed Karnataka government to release 12,000 cusecs of water everyday to its neighboring state for a period of 10 days.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2016 9:21 pm
cauvery, kaveri, karnataka, cauvery water dispute, bengaluru cauvery water dispute, karnataka cauvery water dispute, water dispute, supreme court cauvery water dispute, india news Angry mob attacked several vehicles over Cauvery water issue at Old Madras road, Bengaluru. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran

The Supreme Court verdict on the Cauvery water dispute on Monday heightened tensions between the two southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Violence broke out in parts of the city as several trucks, school buses and bus stands were seen being set on fire by the pro-Kannada protestors in West Bengaluru.

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Security was tightened across the city following the violence and section 144 was imposed as a preventive measure.

cauvery, kaveri, karnataka, cauvery water dispute, bengaluru cauvery water dispute, karnataka cauvery water dispute, water dispute, supreme court cauvery water dispute, india news Shops remained closed in Bengaluru as Angry mob attacked several Tamil Nadu registered vehicle over Cauvery water issue at Old Madras road, Bengaluru. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran

The apex court has now directed Karnataka government to release 12,000 cusecs of water everyday to its neighboring state for a period of 10 days. But pro-Kannada activists protested the decision saying the state has just enough water in its Cauvery reservoirs for its own drinking and irrigation needs.

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Highlights of the incidents that happened across Bengaluru  throughout the day:

At 8.00 pm: More than 20 buses set on fire by protesters in #Bengaluru’s KPN bus depot

At 6.00 pm: Tomorrow at 11:30 am, Karnataka CM has called emergency Cabinet meet to discuss Cauvery issue: Karnataka HM G Parameshwara

At 5.45 pm: 200 protesters who were involved in such acts in the state, have been detained: Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara

At 5.25 pm: As a preventive measure, Section 144 CrPC imposed in Bengaluru City from 5 PM, today: Bengaluru Police

cauvery, kaveri, karnataka, cauvery water dispute, bengaluru cauvery water dispute, karnataka cauvery water dispute, water dispute, supreme court cauvery water dispute, india news Section 144 was imposed in Bengaluru. (Source: Express photo by Manoy Kumar)

At 5.00 pm: At Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah writes to the CM of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa over violent protests

At 5.45 pm: At Stones pelted at lorries bearing Tamil Nadu registration number near Hubli Bypass. No injuries reported.

At 4.25 pm: Bengaluru Police issue statement saying, “We urge to all Bengalurians to not pay heed to rumours. Stay calm and do not panic.”

At 4.10 pm: 15,000 police men and officers have been deployed all over the city in wake of Cauvery Protests: Bengaluru Police

At 3.55 pm: After fresh protests, we have completely shut down Metro services till further orders: Vasant Rao,BMRCL

At 3.40 pm: Following fresh protests, maximum schools in Bengaluru shut down early

cauvery, kaveri, karnataka, cauvery water dispute, bengaluru cauvery water dispute, karnataka cauvery water dispute, water dispute, supreme court cauvery water dispute, india news A deserted look on the Residency Road, one of the busy roads in Bengaluru. (Source: Express photo by Manoj Kumar)

At 3.15 pm: We have intensified security and stepped up vigil in Bengaluru to ensure peace and maintain law and order. Additional police forces have been deployed in localities where pre-dominantly Tamils live, for their protection: Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwar

At 02.55 pm: Pro-Kannada activists vandalise & set vehicles on fire in Bengaluru.

At 02.40 pm: Police lathi-charges protesting pro-Kannada activists in Bengaluru

At 02.15 pm: Protest over Cauvery water issue: Pro-Kannada activists vandalise vehicles in Bengaluru

cauvery, kaveri, karnataka, cauvery water dispute, bengaluru cauvery water dispute, karnataka cauvery water dispute, water dispute, supreme court cauvery water dispute, india news Angry mob attacks a Tamil Nadu registered vehicle over Cauvery water issue in Bengaluru. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran

At 02.00 pm: Pro-Kannada activists stage a protest in Bengaluru, police detains protesters.

At 12.05 pm: SC modifies its order, asks Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till Sept 20.

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The Cauvery basin covers a large expanse of land including major chunks in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and also smaller areas in Kerala and Puducherry. In 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as chairman of Cauvery River Authority, directed the Karnataka government to release 9,000 cusecs of water daily.

But with the Karnataka government continuously failing to release the water to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalithaa filed an interlocutory petition in the Supreme Court in August, 2016 seeking the release of water as per guidelines of Cauvery Tribunal.