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.