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Tamil Nadu bandh: The opposition parties including the DMK and Congress have supported the bandh and demanded a long-term solution to the Cauvery water sharing row

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2016 10:47 am
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The one-day dawn-to-dusk bandh in Tamil Nadu called by farmers’ and traders’ bodies to protest the Cauvery water row began Friday. The bandh is supported by the opposition parties DMK, Congress, MDMK, PMK, TMC, CPI(M), and CPI.

“DMK has decided to support the bandh,” party president M Karunanidhi said in a statement. He urged his party workers to extend “full support” to the protest and participate in good numbers in the bandh, called to protest against the violence targeting Tamils in Karnataka and seek a long-term solution to the water sharing issue.

Ruling AIADMK and trade unions affiliated to it have been non-committal on their participation in the bandh.

Karnataka police have stopped vehicular movement to Tamil Nadu near border areas in Attibele, forcing commuters to walk across the border. The state police in Tamil Nadu has also deployed thousands of personnel to ensure peace even as a youth set himself on fire in Chennai on Wednesday over the water-sharing row.

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More than one lakh policemen have been positioned all over the state to prevent any untoward incident. Tight security has been given to central government offices, railway stations and banks including Karnataka-Tamil Nadu checkpost border near Attibele. Government buses are running with heavy police security. Karnataka establishments in Tamil Nadu, including banks and hotels, are being given strong protection.

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Several local grocery shops, which usually open by daybreak continue to remain shut as part of the bandh. Autos, taxis and commercial freight operators are off the roads. However, state transport corporation-run buses besides trains are being operated as usual.

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Koyembedu market, one of the largest wholesale markets in Chennai, is closed today.

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Karnataka Police stops vehicular movement to Tamil Nadu near border areas. Commuters forced to walk across the border.