Police deploy tight security as Cauvery protests gain momentum

Routine life and traffic on arterial roads in the central part of the city, including K.R. Road, J.C. Road, K.G. Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Palace Road and Seshadri Road are likely to be affected with several organisations planning rallies on Friday to protest against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

Though tight security is being put in place, traffic is the central business district will be disrupted as thousands are expected to participate in the rallies that will converge on the Mysore Bank Circle during peak hour.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) T. Suneel Kumar said 18,000 city police personnel along with nearly 40 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve will be deployed to monitor the situation, particularly in the West Division.

With the city witnessing a series of protests from October 1, the traffic police are banking on all sorts of media to manage vehicular movement. “We have FM radio, Facebook, variable message signs, SMS and so on to manage the smooth flow of traffic,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M.A. Saleem said.

Avoid these roads

The police have advised people to stay away from these roads on Friday: K.R. Road, J.C. Road, K.G. Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Palace Road, Seshadri Road and those around the Vidhana Soudha.