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Karnataka braces for Cauvery order: Gatherings barred, bars shut in Bengaluru

CauveryWaterDispute Updated: Sep 20, 2016 13:43 IST
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Security was tightened at the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border to avoid any incidents of violence, in Bengaluru.(PTI File Photo)

With the Supreme Court hearing on the Cauvery water dispute scheduled to come up on Tuesday, security has been beefed up across Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka.

While the situation in Bengaluru is normal with schools, colleges and offices functioning without any trouble, the city police has banned large gatherings as a preventive measure which will be in force till September 25.

Police forces have been conducting marches across Bengaluru since Tuesday morning.

Central para military forces like the BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB have also been drafted in to prevent any breach of law and order in the state capital and its suburbs.

The government has also ordered all pubs, bars and wine shops in Bengaluru to stay shut on Tuesday in order to avoid any untoward incident.

Following the Cauvery supervisory committee’s order on Monday to release of 3,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu until September 30, tension had risen in some parts of Karnataka and the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Sporadic protests were reported from different places, especially in Mandya district, the epicentre of the Cauvery agitation, where protesters blocked the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway.

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The state government has expressed disappointment over the committee order and stated that it would challenge the order in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court had earlier on September 5 asked the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu daily for 10 days. But protests intensified in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu post the apex court’s order.

On September 12 the Supreme Court modified its order and directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water per day until September 20.

This had led to violence across Bangalore and south Karnataka.

Two people were killed and over 50 vehicles were torched by angry protesters.

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