Cauvery tribunal's verdict draws flak

CHAMARAJANAGAR: A peaceful and total bandh was observed in Chamarajanagar on Tuesday in protest against the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's verdict. Activists of pro-Kannada organisations, KRRS, Janata Dal (S) and BJP and members of the private bus owners' association and Chamarajanagar-Karnataka Tamil Sangham took out a procession raising slogans against the "injustice" meted out to the State.

A memorandum was submitted to Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha. The protesters staged a dharna at Bhuvaneshwari circle for about 30 minutes and blocked National Highway 209. They burnt the effigy of the Union Government and Cauvery tribunal.

They also raised slogans against members of Parliament and Central Ministers from Karnataka, the tribunal members and the Union Government. The Tamil Nadu Government also came in for criticism.

The protesters said the "unscientific" verdict would ruin Karnataka farmers.

Leaders of KRRS demanded the resignation of MPs from the State in protest against the tribunal verdict.

Lawyers boycotted courts in support of Chamarajanagar bandh. Business establishments, hotels, schools and colleges and cinemas were closed. KSRTC and private bus operators cancelled services to rural areas of the district. Bus services to Tamil Nadu were also affected.

A was also observed in Kollegal. Security has been tightened in Tamil dominated villages of Chamarajanagar taluk.