The bandh in Tamil Nadu to protest the violence against Tamils in Karnataka over the Cauvery dispute was seen receiving mixed response on Friday.
While petrol pumps, schools, private milk distributors and many grocery shops were shut, many public offices and even government buses were operational on Friday.
Many senior leaders including MK Stalin and Kanimozhi of DMK courted arrests, and MDMK’s Vaiko was detained in Thiruchirapalli. Few other opposition leaders were also held for protesting at railway stations across the state.
The dawn-to-dusk bandh was called to protest the violence inflicted on Tamils living in Karnataka triggered by a Supreme Court directive on September 12 ordering Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
More than 12,000 policemen across Chennai and over a lakh across Tamil Nadu have been deployed to maintain order.
Here are live updates from the ground:
1.00pm: A 21-year-old youth succumbs to burn injuries in Kilpauk Government Hospital, Chenna. The youth, Vignesh, a member of the fringe group Naam Tamilar Katchi, had set himself afire during a rally in Chennai on Thursday.
21-year-old Naam Tamilar member has died in Kilpauk hospital. He was admitted last night after immolating himself in protest @htTweets— Aditya Iyer (@Theadityaiyer) September 16, 2016
12.20pm: Situation peaceful in Chennai. Government buses, cars and even some autos are on the roads
12.10pm: Lawyers stage demonstration and burn an effigy of Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah in Bodinayakkanur in Theni district .
In Tirunelveli, the district MDMK secretary KMA. Nizam arrested along with 50 others after staging rail roko
12.00pm: Additional security has been deployed to the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border. No incidents of violence reported from the area
11.39am: DMK and VCK party workers hold a ‘Rail Roko’ in Hosur, the Tamil Nadu town on Karnataka border.
10.50am: DMK leader MK Stalin taken into preventive custody.
10.30am: The senior DMK leaders launch a rail-roko protest in Egmore Railway Station and on Anna Salai. MDMK chief Vaiko also staged a protest in Thiruchirapalli and was detained.
10.20am: Various organisations take to streets and railway stations to protest.
9.00am: Tight security across the state, over a lakh personnel deployed to deal with any emergency.
6.00am: Bandh called by various bodies across the state starts. Normal life disrupted as all major shops and goverment institutions closed.
The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed both the governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for failing to prevent violence over its order, and stated that its verdict had to be complied with. But the dispute has seen large-scale violence across Karnataka – especially in Bengaluru – where rampaging mobs have torched vehicles and damages property worth crores.