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Hogenakkal issue does not affect life on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border

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Providing security: Karnataka police standing guard near the State’s border with Tamil Nadu, near Hosur, on Friday.
Providing security: Karnataka police standing guard near the State’s border with Tamil Nadu, near Hosur, on Friday.

M. Raghuram

Vehicular traffic between the two States remains unhindered

Police set up camp near SIPCOT Industrial Area

60 arrested in Hosur for stoning Karnataka buses

Hosur-Attibele border: The disturbances across both the States over the Hogenakkal project issue has not dented life either in Hosur on the Tamil Nadu side of the border or Attibele and Chandapur on the Karnataka side. People are going about with their work and vehicular traffic between the two States linked by the National Highway 7 is unhindered as far as the truck movement is concerned.

Long distance buses coming towards Karnataka from various parts of Tamil Nadu are halting at the new bus stand at Hosur. The KSRTC which runs a shuttle service from Hosur to Bangalore has deployed more buses to help the passengers to arrive in Bangalore from Tamil Nadu. Some schedules from Tamil Nadu have been arriving into the city from Old Madras Road via Chittoor and Vellore.

The Karnataka police have set up a special camp near SIPCOT Industrial Area and are in constant touch with their Tamil Nadu counterparts. The Tamil Nadu police too have set up special patrol up to Zuzuvadi, near Hosur.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bangalore Sub-division, M. Shankarappa told The Hindu that there was hardly any disturbance in the area from Attibele to Zuzuvadi barring the stoning of a few buses. Quoting the Tamil Nadu police, Mr. Shankarappa said 60 persons have been arrested in Hosur in connection with the stoning of Karnataka buses.

“We have arrested 12 persons and have interrogated them”. The situation is under control.

Truck drivers arriving from Tamil Nadu into Karnataka had no complaints or any kind of anxiety. Vadivelu who had brought machinery parts to the Leyland Company from Chennai said he did not face any trouble in arriving at Zuzuvadi.

Not a serious issue

People do not consider the Hogenakkal issue as a serious one that should affect their lives. A tempo driver, Lakshminarayana, at Zuzuvadi said the situation was not so bad that people should start fighting for water. A Life Insurance Corporation employee at Hosur, A. Rajan, who was waiting for a bus to go to Bangalore said: “Common people have no problem with water or language. It is only vested interests who are fomenting trouble.”

But in the political circles, there is some underlying tension as Tamil Nadu-based parties, especially the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), felt that Kannada activists were taking the matter too far. District Secretary of the PMK Jayaprakash said: “The Hogenakkal project has been cleared by the Karnataka Assembly 10 years ago, and based on that resolution the Tamil Nadu Government has borrowed from the Japan Bank to implement the drinking water project to serve Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts.” Another political leader of the area, Devarajan, said the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa after a visit to Hogenakkal issued provocative statements resulting in the problem.

A bandh has been called in Hosur on Saturday and Tamil Nadu will observe a trade bandh on April 8 in protest against the violent incidents in Karnataka involving Tamil Nadu vehicles and Tamil films in particular.

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