Hundreds of farmers staged protests in Mandya district on Wednesday evening soon after the Supreme Court ordered the State government to release water to Tamil Nadu.
The Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti held a meeting to discuss the Supreme Court order. The former MP and samiti president G. Made Gowda and local leaders attended the meeting.
Terming the order a “death knell for farmers in the Cauvery basin”, Mr. Gowda said that “the government should not release water to Tamil Nadu when farmers in the Cauvery basin in the State are losing their crops”.
The samiti and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha have decided to intensify protests from Thursday.
Mr. Gowda said a large number of farmers would lay siege to the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) near Srirangapatna on Thursday. He requested one person from each family to participate in the protest.
“There is not enough water to for our standing crops. How can we release water to Tamil Nadu in such a situation,” he asked.
Meanwhile, the police have tightened security around the KRS.
“We have deployed additional security personnel around the KRS anticipating demonstrations from the samiti members,” a senior police officer told TheHindu .