Amid escalating tension in Karnataka over the Cauvery water dispute, the Centre on Monday assured all assistance to the state to maintain law and order and ensure peace. “I am in touch with the Chief Secretary of Karnataka and whatever help is required will be provided,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters in the capital.
Violence erupted in parts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru, Mysore and Mandya, after the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu till September 20, modifying its previous order that directed it to release 15,000 cusecs till September 16.
Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court had modified its September 5 order, asking Karnataka to release a reduced amount of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery River water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 20 from the earlier 15,000 cusecs a day to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state.
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.
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. He further wrote to his Tamil Nadu counter part, Jayalalithaa, requesting her to ensure the safety and protection of the Kannada speaking people living in the neighbouring state as violence erupted in both states over the Cauvery dispute.