`13 staging hunger strike hospitalised'

Bangalore Oct. 31. The JD(U) leader, K.N. Nage Gowda, said today that 13 out of 64 people from Mandya District, who were observing a hunger strike in the Dharwad sub-jail since yesterday in protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, had been hospitalised.

Speaking on telephone from Dharwad, he said the other inmates of the jail, including undertrials and convicts, observed a fast today extending support to the cause. They were receiving support from various quarters, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Jagadish Shettar, had met him in the jail today, he added.

The JD(U) leader in the Council, Basavaraj Horatti, the former minister, Shivanand Koujalgi, Mahantesh, MLA, Hanumanthappa Alkod, MLC, and lawyers led by the Bar Association President, visited the agitators.

Mr. Nage Gowda said the hunger strike would continue till the Government stopped release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

He alleged that the jail authorities had refused to allow members of the Janata Dal inside the jail to enquire about the health of the party leaders.

The General Secretary of the Karnataka Krishna and Cauvery Horata Samiti, B.N. Muniyappa, today warned the Government of dire consequences, if any harm came to the life of Mr. Nage Gowda in the Dharwad sub-jail.

Alleging that Mr. Gowda was ill-treated by the jail authorities, he said he would start a hunger strike in front of the jail.

The Chief Whip of the Congress in the Council, H. Honnappa, demanded that the Mandya MP, Ambarish, send his resignation letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker instead of the party President, Sonia Gandhi.

Describing the resignation as a drama, he said that if Mr. Ambarish had concern for the people and a sense of morality, he would resign and stop misleading the farmers in the Cauvery Basin.

The Congress, he said, would be held responsible for any harm that befell agriculturists.

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