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Cauvery water issue: Curfew in Bengaluru

Cauvery water issue: Curfew in Bengaluru

River Cauvery water issues led to serious consequences in Bengaluru. The unrest of protesters and pro-Kannada groups led to violent consequences which thereby turned to curfew in some areas of Bengaluru.

The conditions which led to the curfew situation occurred yesterday evening. The protesters tried to attack vehicles and businesses related to Tamil Nadu. Furthermore, the mob of protestors set fire to a police patrol jeep. Then, Rapid Action Force personnel entered the scene and opened fire to disperse them – which led to the death of a youth and injury of two more people.

Curfew has been imposed in seven areas of Karnataka to bring the situations under control. These areas are: Rajgopal Nagar, Vijaynagar, Kamakshipalya, Byatarayanpura, Kengeri, Magadi Road and Rajajinagar. Schools and colleges will be closed for the next two days. Some offices will also remain closed. Police also imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Bengaluru and Pandavapura since 5 pm yesterday as a precautionary measure.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah is going to conduct a meeting today morning at his residence regarding the ongoing situation in the state. The high level meeting is aimed to find out a solution for the circumstance of the state. The CM urged people to hold back violent behavior. He also assured them that he would take necessary steps to deal with the matter by discussing it with central government. The Karnataka CM wrote a letter to Tamil Nadu CM, J Jayalalithaa requesting to protect Kannada speaking people that live in the TN.

The protests started with respect to the order of Supreme Court which directed Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu due to deficit rainfall in this year. Followed by the violent protests against the order, the Apex Court modified its order and stated that Karnataka needs to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. But, the protests did not stopped.

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