The Cauvery water dispute continued to raise tensions in both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with sporadic incidents of attacks on a hotel, pelting of stones, ruckus at a bank and attacks on vehicles reported in both the States. Section 144 was imposed across Bengaluru as violence intensified.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Karnataka government for citing public unrest and turmoil as reasons for seeking a modification of its September 5 order to release 15,000 cusecs from its reservoirs to Tamil Nadu. It, however, modified its order, by directing Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs a day till September 20.
In Tamil Nadu, an unidentified group hurled petrol bombs at New Woodlands Hotel in Chennai in the early hours of Monday. In Rameswaram, members of three Tamil outfits damaged windscreens and glass panes of five Karnataka registered vehicles.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asking him to “ensure the safety and security of many lakhs of Tamil speaking people residing in Karnataka.”
The group that attacked the hotel left this note:
“If Tamilians continue to be assaulted in Karnataka, their businesses here will suffer. There are Kannadigas living here too. Be warned!”
More than 40 buses set on fire at KPN bus depot in Bengaluru
According to CNN-News18, over 40 buses at the KPN bus depot in Bengaluru have been set on fire. The private bus depot belongs to a person of Tamil origin.
Violence reported in Tamil Nadu too
Outfits such as Naam Tamizhar Katchi and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi hit the streets protesting the ongoing agitations in Karnataka opposing release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, police said.
A popular restaurant in Chennai and tourist vehicles bearing Karnataka registration in Rameswaram were vandalised while protesters created a ruckus at a Karnataka Bank branch in neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry, police said.
Police protection was provided to the Karnataka Bank branches in Tamil Nadu. – PTI
Protesters attack journalists
According to ANI, protesters in Bengaluru broke the camera of a private news channel and also hit the reporter.
Karnataka chief minister chairs high level meet
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaia has called for a high level meeting to review the law and order situation in the state. Home Minister, G Parameshwara and Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) Om Prakash were also present in the meeting, according to Times Now.