States duty to see no agitation, damage take place: SC on violence over Cauvery water dispute

The apex court said that people can't take law in their hand and it's the obligation of authorities of both states to take preventive action.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2016 4:35 pm
bengaluru, cauvery, cauvery dispute, cauvery water dispute, Cauvery water row, Karnataka, Kaveri, cauvery dispute, cauvery water dispute, kaveri dispute, kaveri river, cauvery river, karnataka, tamil nadu, karnataka violence, tamil nadu violence, karnataka situation, tamil nadu situation Mandya : A vehicle in flames after it was torched by pro-Kannada activists during a protest over Cauvery water row, in Mandya district on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Condemning the violence in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery water dispute, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that it is the duty of the states to see that no agitation and damage take place.

The apex court said that people can’t take the law in their hand and it’s the obligation of authorities of both states to take preventive action.

While posting the next hearing on the issue to September 20, the court said that it expect people from both states to maintain peace, harmony, dignity and respect for law.

Widespread violence was reported in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka after the apex court’s direction to the state government to release 12000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. Several vehicles were torched and public properties were damaged in the violence that also claimed two lives forcing the authorities to impose curfew, which was lifted on Wednesday.

The Karnataka government on Tuesday, had decided to obey the Supreme Court’s modified order asking it to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 20 and warned that those indulging in violence during protests against release of water will be dealt with an “iron-hand”.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had stated that he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and request him to call a meeting of the Chief Ministers of both states to resolve the issue.

He has also called for a meeting of Congress legislators from the city on Wednesday to discuss about the situation and Monday’s violent protests.

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    ashok
    Sep 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    Meaningless statement from SC it should have stated that any political parties calling for bandh should be put behind bars
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      ashok
      Sep 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm
      Mr karunanidhi should see that his kalignar tv stopped for 1 day but he would not do that because he woul loose one day business but he wants others to loose their earnings.SC should have advised the government to arrest anyone who calls for bandh and should be behind bars for 36 hours and their part if resorts to riots should be advised to pay for the damages and thdn only the leaders should be released
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        Deshu
        Sep 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm
        Everyone knows Indian Judiciary function at snail pace :very slow which is benefited to Mafia,Politicians and looters of Public Money. All of them are fully satisfied with it due to fact that they will be never punished for their committed crimes. CWG, 2G,CoalGate and many others are still under process short there is absolutely no fear in the minds of antisocial elements.No doubt present political system made executives incompetent to present cases in Courts.Hope it will do something to clean rotten system.
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        1. Kartha MN
          Sep 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm
          Would the willful abdication of duty mean break down of consutional machinery and action initiated against the presiding govt for their take the oath before uming office? In the name of democracy and the freedom of expression many really strangulate democracy by those responsible for it. What a pity. Unless there is a punishment for a willful offense that could be repeated with no deterrence in place
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            N.Ramanathan
            Sep 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm
            Declare all Rivers are as National ets and states refusing to share water should be penalized. The impression created is that Karnataka is a rogue state.
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