There is chaos in the Silicon Valley of the country. Pro-Kannada activists went beserk this afternoon over Cauvery water issue vandalising shops, torching vehicles and ransacking a bus stand, from where buses leave for Tamil Nadu, in Bengaluru. The violent protests erupted after the Supreme Court modified its September 5 order, asking the Karnataka government to release 12,000 cusecs water to the neighbouring state. Several persons were detained as police resorted to a lathi charge to disperse the protestors. The City administration has imposed prohibitary orders across Bengaluru to prevent any untoward incident, a report said.
The apex court also expressed displeasure over the non-implementation of the order by the Karnataka government. In an interim order on September 5 , the court directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate plight of the farmers there.
Protests escalated following the attacks on the restaurant in Chennai and the vandalising of buses and other vehicles in Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram, ANI said.
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Earlier, Karnantaka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Parameshwara appealed for calm after a string of violent protests over century-old Cauvery issue.
“For both states to live in peace such incidents should not occur,” CM Siddaramaiah said.
State Home Minister G Parameshwara said, “We appeal ppl to maintain peace because this is not somebody’s making, it is SC’s judgement.”
In Tamil Nadu, ruling dispensation AIADMK has assured safety and security to the people hailing from Karnataka in the state. “All Kannada people in Tamil Nadu are living safely; there’s no issue at all,” party spokesperson C R Saraswathi said.
Bengaluru police is monitoring the development and said, “There were three cases of vehicle burning around Mysuru road but situation is gradually coming back to normalcy.”
Talking to media, Additional Commissioner of Police Charan Reddy said, “Situation is under control, normal traffic has been restored. Extra force deployed.”
Two states have been at loggerheads for years over sharing Cauvery waters. The dispute dates back to the British era. Karnataka claims that the British-era agreement was not correct as it did not get its due share of water. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu believes that it needs the water to sustain extensive farming that has increased because of Karnataka’s commitment to providing sufficient water.
As both states refused to agree through talks, the Centre constituted the Cauvery Water Tribunal in 1990. After hearing both sides for years, the tribunal in its final award in 2007 gave 419 tmc ft for Tamil Nadu and 270 tmc ft for Karnataka. Kerala was awarded 30 tmc ft and Pondicherry 7 tmc ft. Both governments challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.
The apex court had also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the Supervisory Committee, set up to implement award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Tribunal.