Staff Correspondent

Rail-roko staged in Bijapur

BIJAPUR: Activists of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and other pro-Kannada organisations staged rail-roko on Tuesday here, protesting against final award of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.

Protesters led by the vedike president Sheshrao Mane squatted on the tracks at the railway station at around 11 a.m. This delayed the departure of Hyderabad-bound train for about 20 minutes.

The protesters later staged rasta-roko on Station Road in front of Gol Gumbaz.

Vishwanath Bhavi, Sharanagouda Biradar, Chandrashekhar Gobbur, S.M. Madivalar, Pradeep Kulkarni and Ravi

Kambar, representatives of different organisations participated in the protest.

`Not acceptable'

Meanwhile, addressing presspersons president of Krishna Kanive Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti Basavaraj Kumbar said the tribunal's order was not acceptable to Karnataka as it was against its interest.

`Weigh all options'

The Government should weigh all options, including political and legal measures.

He said the order showed that the State did not present its case effectively before the tribunal. All those who ruled the State during the period contributed to this.

Mr. Kumbar said that it was a wakeup call for the State which was now arguing its case before the Justice Brijesh Kumar Tribunal on Krishna Water Disputes.

The tribunal was hearing the arguments by Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to adjudicate and determine the quotas of riparian

States. Hence, the Government should not leave any stone unreturned in safeguarding its legitimate share in surplus waters. The existing cell consisting legal and technical experts should be strengthened, he said. Samiti member S.M. Patil Ganihar was present.