The former Chief Minister and Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) president B.S. Yeddyurappa and around 300 others were taken into preventive custody when they attempted to violate the prohibitory orders in force at the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir (KRS) near Srirangapatna at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, who launched a padayatra on Thursday from Mysore to Bangalore to protest against notifying the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), suspended the padayatra abruptly at Maddur and arrived at the reservoir in buses and cars to protest against the release of water to Tamil Nadu.
The KJP protest at the KRS lasted for about 40 minutes.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, the former Ministers Shobha Karandlaje and B.J. Puttaswamy, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leaders Kurubur Shanthakumar and Bharati Shetty were taken into preventive custody along with KJP activists after they attempted to march towards the reservoir.
They were released later.
The Mandya district police deployed police personnel in the vicinity of the reservoir. They erected barricades on all major roads near the reservoir.