Violence erupted in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka over Cauvery water sharing dispute that rose out of Supreme Court’s verdict. Soon after the apex court gave its amended order, directing Karnataka to release 12000 cusecs of water, (instead of 15000 cusecs) daily to Tamil Nadu till September 20, violence and arson flared up in Bengaluru, with rampaging mobs setting afire at least 30 buses and trucks with Tamil Nadu registration number plate.
The two southern states are currently engaging in an ugly dispute over water. Talking about which, Union Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that the violence prevailing in both states is quite disturbing and cannot be justified on any ground.
“Such violence and destruction of property negates the rule of law and ultimately impacts the life of common man. I fervently appeal to the people of both the States to immediately stop indulging in violence and ensure peace and normalcy.”
He further appealed to the respective state governments and political leaders to take necessary measure to stop the violence and said that he has urged the media to exercise restrain while reporting incidents happening in both the states. As highlighting such incidents might incite further violence. I hope media would play a constructive role in ensuring peace and normalcy, said Naidu.
Urging the people to put a brake on their anger, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara said, “I request people of Karnataka to please maintain peace in the state and not to take the law in your hands. People who indulged in violence using names of some organisations, we will find who they are, arrest them and take action.”
An uneasy calm prevailed in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning after outbreak of violence over the issue of sharing Cauvery River water with Tamil Nadu, as the Siddaramaiah government warned of “stringent” action against vandalism or attempts to disturb peace. In a video message to the people of the state, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah warned of stringent action against any act of vandalism or disturbance to peace.
“There is pain among Kannadigas that Karnataka has been facing repeated injustice over Cauvery river water sharing issue. We are emotional on the issue of land, water and language, but we should not forget that humanity and human relationship within us is above all this,” he said.
The situation in Bengaluru on Monday seemed to be spiralling out of control as one civilian was killed in the soaring violence and the protestors began pelting stones at the residence of Siddaramaiah’s residence. Massive violence broke out in parts of the city as several trucks, school buses and bus stands were seen being set on fire by the pro-Kannada protestors in West Bengaluru. Consequently, the Bengaluru Police imposed Section 144 of the CRPC, meaning that no more than five people will be allowed to gather in public places in the city.