Reports on supposed imposition of Section 144 in Bangalore
Violence let loose on the orders of SC to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, and rumored imposition of section 144.
On Monday, when Supreme Court gave out modified orders, on a reduced quantum of water release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, instances of violence were reported across Karnataka once again. Soon after instances of violence were reported, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) suspended all services to Tamil Nadu. Even today the protests were quite violent even as the Supreme Court modified its order on the Cauvery water-sharing issue. The state had been shut down by a strike on Friday, September 9, over the Supreme Court's order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
On Karnataka's petition, the court had modified an earlier order and said the state has to release less river water to Tamil Nadu but for five more days. Karnataka, claims they would end up giving more water after the modified order, urged the court to reconsider but its request was rejected.
Unidentified individuals hurled petrol bombs at the New Woodlands Hotel in Mylapore, Chennai, early on Monday. The hotel is owned by a Kannadiga, and the attack is believed to be in retaliation to a Tamil student in Karnataka being thrashed over a Facebook post he had written against Kannada actors. In Bengaluru as well, armed shops and vehicles of Tamil Nadu were attacked and set on fire. Protesters also threw stones at vehicles with TN registration. Armed reserve police had to spread out across the city to check the wildfire-like violence.
Bus and metro services have been suspended in Bangalore ,now Bengaluru. Some regional news channels are saying that the authorities have also imposed Section 144 in the city. If that is indeed the case, no more than four people are now allowed to assemble on the roads in the city. Also, the Times of India reported, that the orders imposed under section 144 would come in force from 0600 hours Tuesday morning to October 31 midnight. However, the Bangalore police have, in a tweet, clarified that they have not imposed Section 144 in the city. The police reported a few hours earlier that things are returning to normal on Mysore Road after there were three cases of vehicle-burning. However, there are reports coming in from other places that vehicles are still being burnt, but at other places in the city.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has urged for peace in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. he said on Twitter: “Reports of attack on Kannadigas in TN is extremely distressing. I urge Kannadigas & Tamilians across the border to maintain peace. [sic]”