Protests over Cauvery water dispute took an ugly turn in the IT capital of the country. A group of local people thrashed a 22-year-old engineering student, who is said to have roots in Tamil Nadu, for reportedly posting derogatory remarks on social media about Kannada actors’ protest over the issue in Bengaluru. A video of the incident, which has been circulating on the social media, purportedly shows the victim, a resident of Srirampura, being thrashed by a group of pro-Kannada activists in full public view. It is learnt that as soon as he reached his college on Saturday afternoon, he found that the group had tracked him down. After the attack, he apologised and the assaulters fled from the scene, a report said.
The Girinagar police was called to the spot and the statement of the boy was recorded. A case against unknown persons has been registered.
He allegedly posted pictures with remarks against leading Kannada actors such as Shivrajkumar, DuniyaVijay, Ragini Dwivedi and Darshan for showing their support for the Cauvery water sharing issue on Friday.
Karnataka Chief minister Siddaramaiah has also appealed through the social media to maintain peace and calm and asked people not to support any hate campaign.
The CM in his tweet said “I appeal to Twitter users to not support any hate campaign. It is irresponsible and mischievous to support hate messages of any kind.”