The ongoing violence over the Cauvery water sharing row resulted in a dastardly act, with around 40 buses of KPN Tours and Travels Limited being burnt at a depot in Bengaluru. Television images showed dozens of buses with Tamil Nadu state license plates burning in the private transport company’s depot. The company’s managing director, Rajesh Natarajan, said nearly 40 buses were burned or damaged.
Twitterati reacted strongly to the burning of the buses, with people questioning the purpose the violent protests will solve. “Who are we? Bengalurians. What do we want? Water. How will we get it? By burning buses so they will waste more water,” tweeted one handle.
On Monday, Bengaluru witnessed widespread violence bringing it on the edge, and night curfew was imposed in 16 police station limits. The violence followed a Supreme Court order on sharing Cauvery water by the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The apex court gave its amended order, directing Karnataka to release 12000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu till September 20. Soon after, violence and arson flared up in Bengaluru. Rampaging mobs set afire at least 30 vehicles bearing Tamil Nadu number plates.
Watch: Buses set ablaze at KPN Depot
Trucks with Tamil Nadu registration number plate were either stoned or set on fire also in Mandya, Mysuru, Chitradurga and Dharwad districts as Kannada activists gave vent to their anger over attacks on state vehicles and property of Kannadigas in the neighbouring state and also against the apex court’s modified order.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured Tamil Sangam of protection for Tamils in the state in the wake of violence in the city. Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa assured Siddaramaiah that safety of people from Karnataka will be ensured in Tamil Nadu.