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Cauvery water dispute: now Bangalore is on fire

With the Supreme Court asking the Karnataka government on Monday to release 12,000 cusecs Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu until 20 September, protests have hit Bangalore hard, disrupting normalcy.

Wide protests began last week after the Supreme Court asked the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily from river Cauvery. The protests intensified on Monday after the apex court modified its order asking Karnataka to release less water to neighbour Tamil Nadu but for more days. Prime Minister has intervened in the matter and assured all assistance to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The government suspended bus and metro services, and schools remained closed as protests turned violent in Bangalore. Emergency meeting of Karnataka Cabinet will take place on Tuesday at 11.30am to discuss Cauvery issue, says Karnataka HM G Parameshwara.

According to the police, the situation is turning back to normal on Mysore Road after there were three cases of vehicle-burning. However, violent protests continue in other parts of the city.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, urged her to take action against those involved in violence against Kannada speaking people in her state. Karnataka Home Minister has said,"We are taking all precautions". Security deployed in Tamil-populated areas after stone-pelting at TN vehicles.

In Bangalore, large gatherings were banned and there were reports of Section 144 being imposed after shops and vehicles of Tamil Nadu were attacked.

Suspending bus services to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka police jeeps were positioned along the border to stop vehicles from crossing the state border.

In Chennai, New Woodlands Hotel was vandalised by a pro-Tamil group. They also allegedly threw a petrol bomb and left pamphlets warning of retaliation if Tamils were targeted in Karnataka.

Five tourist vehicles from Karnataka, including two buses, were vandalised in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Photos curated by Priyata Brajabasi