DMK workers on Friday protested across Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery water dispute with Karnataka. Leading the protest was DMK leader Kanimozhi who was detained by the police. Normal life was disrupted, shops and schools were closed as the state observed a a bandh, over one lakh police men have been positioned all over the state to prevent any untoward incident. Early in the morning Tamil Nadu Farmers’ Association staged a ‘Rail Roko’ at the Saidapet station in Chennai. Barring the ruling AIADMK party that is silent on extending support to the strike, all major political parties like DMK, DMDK, MDMK, PMK Tamil Maanila Congress and lorry owners, traders associations are supporting the strike in Tamil Nadu. Last week there was violence in Bengaluru and other areas of the state, in which protesters torched buses and clashed with police after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release water from the river Cauvery to T
The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed its dismay over people taking the law into their own hands, and insisted that the state authorities take immediate preventive action. MDMK’s Vaiko was also detained by the police, earlier in the day while speaking to the media, he said “BJP led central government is also adopting the same policy like the earlier Congress government when it comes to the Cauvery river water sharing issue.” News wire IANS reported that DMK leader MK Stalin tried to hold protest in Egmore Railway Station and was taken into custody by the police.
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Meanwhile in Puducherry, tight security was in place as Tamil Nadu observed a day-long shutdown.