Less than 200 farmers and members of various associations participated in the protest held near the KRS bridge. Agitators were stopped at the entrance of the reservoir as prohibitory orders have been imposed under Section 144 of the Cr.PC.

Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti’s call to lay siege to the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) on Sunday in protest against releasing water to Tamil Nadu met with little response. Less than 200 farmers and members of various associations participated in the protest held near the KRS bridge.

Samiti president and former MP G. Made Gowda had on Saturday invited at least one person from a family from Mandya district to participate in the protest. Anticipating a large turnout, the Police Department had deployed at least 600 personnel.

Mr. Gowda, who arrived with Mandya District Congress Committee president M.S. Atmananda, KRRS leader K.S. Puttannaiah and a few farmers at 12 p.m., attempted to lay siege to the reservoir. However, the agitators were stopped at the entrance of the reservoir as prohibitory orders have been imposed under Section 144 of the Cr.PC.

Later, Mr. Gowda announced he would launch an indefinite fast if the government refused to stop releasing water. Mandya Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah and others tried to pacify Mr. Gowda saying that the State had to comply with the Supreme Court order. Mr. Gowda withdrew the protest at 3.45 p.m. after getting “positive assurances” from the Mandya district administration.

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