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Karnataka erupts over SC order on Cauvery

As Bengaluru and parts of Karnataka were gripped by large scale violence and arson on Monday, one person died and four were injured in police firing. Mobs set vehicles on fire and attacked businesses with Tamil names after the Supreme Court ordered that Cauvery water continue to flow to Tamil Nadu.

Police opened fire at Rajagopal Nagar in Bengaluru, when a mob tried to torch one of their vehicles. Curfew was imposed in seven police station limits of the city. Around noon, soon after the court declined to accept Karnataka’s appeal to freeze its September 5 order on release of water, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Bengaluru, burning vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration numbers. The violence virtually paralysed the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in Bengaluru and Mysuru, areas around four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin, and Pandavapura in Mandya district. The violence prompted many schools to declare a holiday. Metro services stopped a little past 12:30 p.m., and other public transport was curtailed.

Appeal for extra forces

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking additional forces from the Centre to maintain law and order.

Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi said, “We are providing all the required assistance to the State governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, they can ask for any further assistance they want.”

Vehicles torched

In Bengaluru, trucks, buses, motorbikes and cars bearing TN registration numbers were targeted. Many vehicles were burnt on arterial roads and nearly 30 buses belonging to KPN travels were gutted in the company’s yard at Nayadanahalli on Mysuru road.