Sporadic violence broke out in Bengaluru and in some other parts of Karnataka amid the raging Cauvery water sharing row, with the Siddaramaiah government asking Tamil Nadu to protect Kannadigas and assuring to safeguard Tamils in the state.
Trucks with Tamil Nadu registration numbers were either stoned or set on fire in Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Chitradurga and Dharwad districts as Kannada activists gave vent to their anger over alleged attacks on state vehicles and property of Kannadigas in the neighbouring state.
The violence also flared up shortly after the Supreme Court, modifying its September 5 order, on Monday asked Karnataka to release a reduced amount of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu till September 20.
The violence in the state was massively criticised by politicians all around the country.
Here are some of the reactions:
B S Yeddyurappa: I am terribly disappointed over Supreme Court’s direction asking Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water everyday til September 20. This order is impractical, unscientific and illogical, given the existing circumstances in both the states. At the same time, I strongly condemn violent incidents on Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu. The need of the hour is to maintain calm. I also oppose any retaliatory attacks by Kannadigas on Tamil brethern in our state. I urge chief minister to look into this matter with the urgency it requires.
Digvijay Singh: Strongly condemn violence in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Cauvery Issue. Every govt has to abide by Supreme Court Orders.
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara: Our appeal is if you are protesting, please protest peacefully. We know that injustice has been done to Karnataka. We have deployed sufficient amount of police force. We have got support from Centre. 10 companies of CRPF and RAF have been sent. We have also requested for 10 more companies.
CPI national secretary D Raja: The violence must be stopped. No political party, no organisation should instigate people against each other. The two states share all kinds of relations. The water issue should not be used to rouse passions on both sides.
Karnataka Chief minister Siddaramaiah (in a letter, released to the media): While we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure maintenance of law and order in our State, I would urge you to direct authorities in Tamil Nadu to ensure that perpetrators of violence are immediately brought to book.
Markandey Katju: I recommend that the Tamil Nadu government and Karnataka government should immediately appoint a Joint Committee consisting of the top scientists specialised in the field to find out a solution to the problem of water shortage.