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Cauvery protests intensify post SC verdict

By Team SoftCopy

Bengaluru, Sept 12, 2016: The Supreme Court verdict directing Karnataka to release more water to Tamil Nadu set off protests across the state and Bengaluru city on Monday. Mysuru Road bore the brunt of the violence with at least four trucks set afire and a restaurant vandalized. Mobs stopped vehicles from plying and tried to block the road.

Groups of protestors gathered before a mall and shouted slogans. Metro services were suspended while some BMTC and KSRTC buses were functional. Towards the evening, Section 144 was imposed. Section 144 deals with unlawful assembly and prohibits any gathering of ten or more people.

At Mysuru road , mob torched at least four trucks with Tamil Nadu registration numbers near Nayandahalli. The trucks were carrying iron rods, logs and saw dust. Mobs stopped government buses as well as private buses that passed through Mysuru Road. They also burnt tyres and blocked vehicular movement on the road. Till late evening, vehicles on Mysuru Road were caught in a large traffic jam due to the protest. According to reports from NDTV , 20 buses were set on fire on Mysuru road around 7 PM. Seven cars and three lorries were torched on the stretch from Gopalan arcade to Town Hall.

Schools and colleges in the city shut down early and most offices downed their shutters, asking people to get home. Most malls and shopping centres, too, closed, especially after reports of violence against Tamil-owned establishments—in Indiranagar and surrounding areas.

A protestor said, “We want justice and we want our voice to be heard. But we do not believe in harming human lives. We burnt a truck but asked the driver to step out before we did that.”So far, eight people have been arrested by the police for vandalization, according to reports from the NewsMinute.

In Benguluru west, in Indiranagar stones were pelted on shops on CMH road.In central Bengaluru, in Ulsoor, 90 policemen were deployed to cordon the statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. However, this part of the city was largely peaceful.

To control the situation , 15000 policemen and officers , 3000 home guards as well as Central Industrial Security Force and Indo-Tibetan Police force were deployed all over the city.

In a tweet, Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr. Siddaramaiah urged people from both the states to maintain peace. He also posted a letter written to Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms. Jayalalitha directing Tamil Nadu authorities to ensure that perpetrators of violence are punished.



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