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Cauvery row update: 1 dead, over 56 buses set ablaze at KPN bus depot near Bengaluru

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:46 IST

One person died in police firing while one got seriously injured after violence broke out in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka over Supreme Court's order on the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The Siddaramaiah government has imposed section 144 and has also assured the Tamil Nadu government that it will safeguard Tamils in the state.

Meanwhile, the CPI today asked political parties and non-political outfits to not instigate masses and urged both the state governments to protect the people.

"The violence must be stopped. No political party, no organisation should instigate people against each other. The two states share all kinds of relations. The water issue should not be used to rouse passions on both sides," CPI national secretary D Raja said.

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 today 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.

On 12 September, 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 tomorrow at 11.30am to discuss Cauvery issue, says Karnataka HM G Parameshwara.

More updates on the Cauvery Row from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu:

1. The meeting of Cauvery Supervisory Committee to decide on the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states remained inconclusive today and will take place next on 19 September.

2. The Cauvery Supervisory Committee, headed by Union Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar, on 12 September met in Bangalore to decide the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states after 20 September.

3. 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.

4. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, in a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart 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.

5. On 12 September, Supreme Court orders Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water till 20 September after Karnataka's petition that it would not be able to release 15,000 cusecs of water as the court had ordered earlier.

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The apex court says people can't take law into their hands.

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

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

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

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

First published: 12 September 2016, 4:30 IST