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