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Protests intensify in Mandya

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Protests intensified in Mandya district on Monday over the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

Protesters blocked the roads. Traffic and train services between Bangalore and Mysore were affected.

Nearly 200 farmers, led by farmers’ leader Sunanda Jayaram, slept on the tracks at Gejjalagere between Maddur and Channapatna. The police detained 100 farmers, including women and children, to clear the tracks.

As news of the arrest of Ms. Jayaram spread, members of the Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti rushed to the Mandya Superintendent Police’s office and attempted to lay siege to it. They demanded that Ms. Jayaram be released.

Bus services

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation suspended its services and also that of Mandya Nagara Sarige in the district on Monday. The district witnessed demonstrations, rallies and formation of human chains at more than 100 places on Monday, according to the police.

Residents of Gejjalagere, near Maddur, stopped trains for nearly three hours from 6 a.m.

They had blocked the Bangalore–Mysore Highway for nearly eight hours on Sunday.

Protesters at Kabbanahalli, Hosur, K. Shettahalli, Keelara, Chikkarasanakere, Kothathi, Gejjalagere, Hosa Budhanuru and Kikkeri villages burnt effigies of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

There was an undeclared bandh in Mandya with hotels, theatres, shops and other commercial establishments remaining closed on Monday.

The samiti, at an emergency meeting here on Monday, decided to demand the resignation of all MPs from the State, besides sending a three-member team to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain the plight of farmers in Karnataka.

The team will comprise External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and samiti president G. Made Gowda.

Mr. Made Gowda, Mandya MP N. Cheluvaraya Swamy, Janata Dal (Secular) leader Anita Kumaraswamy, MLAs Kalpana Siddaraju, M. Srinivas, Rameshbabu Bandi Sidde Gowda and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike president T.A. Narayana Gowda attended the meeting.

The meeting decided to lay siege to KRS on Wednesday.

Outflow

Meanwhile, sources in the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. at KRS said the outflow from the reservoir has been increased by 1,000 cusecs in the last 24 hours.

The rate of water that was flowing to Tamil Nadu was around 5,300 cusecs at 6 p.m. on Sunday, and it was increased to 6,500 cusecs at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Suicide bid

Raghavendra alias Raju (30), a resident of Gejjalagere, attempted suicide by hanging himself from a tree on Monday when the police tried to arrest the agitating farmers.

Security personnel deployed

Over 3,000 security personnel, including a BSF platoon, have been deployed in the district. If required, the Mandya police would seek additional forces from neighbouring districts, a police officer told The Hindu .

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