Sep 13, 2016 19:34(IST) Air Carriers to waive off cancellation, date change penalties on Bengaluru flights
In the wake of the raging protests in the tech city, prominent air carriers in the country on Tuesday decided to waive off cancellation and rescheduling fees for flights to and from Bengaluru within a specific time frame, according to
VISTARA Airlines has waived off date and flight change fee to & from Bengaluru for travel on 13th & 14th September.
Jet Airways waives off penalties for date change & flight change on confirmed tickets to & from Bengaluru for Sep 13.
Air India waives penalties of date change, cancellation & refund charges for travel to Bengaluru & Hubli airport for Sep 13
18:51(IST) Won't request to change the judge hearing the plea, have full faith in judiciary: Karnataka CM Siddaramiah
Siddaramaiah said his government would not plead for changing Supreme Court Judge Justice Uday U Lalit, who is hearing the Cauvery case, on the ground that he was counsel for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa earlier in his legal career.
Justice Lalit, before being elevated to the apex court, had also represented BJP national president Amit Shah and former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna in different cases.
18:39(IST) Amid water wars, Cauvery's birthplace remains parched
Amid the raging protests over the decades old water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Cauvery's birthplace is staring at an unprecedented water crisis. According to a report in
hile Tamil Nadu and Karnataka may continue to fight over who owns a larger share of the Cauvery waters Kodagu district is staring at a water crisis. The Economic Times, w
In the past too, separate taluks in Kodagu have being declared drought-hit but this might be the first time when the entire district could be declared so,
The Economic Times report said.
18:25(IST) Additional forces rush to Karntaka to curb protests
An additional 700 riot control police personnel have been rushed to Karnataka to tackle the situation arising out of the violent protests in Karnataka. With this, a total of 1,700 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in violence-hit areas of Karnataka for maintaining law and order.
18:22(IST) Business body seeks PM's intervention
The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Coimbatore on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and hold talks with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for an amicable settlement between the two states.
18:12(IST) Anti-Kannada protests in Chennai
Unidentified men pelted stones at an ATM of Karnataka Bank, damaging the glass panes, police said. Activists of NMK held protests outside hotels owned by
natives of Karnataka in different places in Chennai and around 12 people were arrested when they tried to enter the premises at Mylapore. 18:10(IST) Protests continue in Tamil Nadu In Coimbatore, at least 30 Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NMK) activists, raised slogans against Karnataka and went to Karnataka Association hall in Tatabad, however, they were stopped near the Association building and arrested.
A Tamil Nadu traders' body also announced holding a day-long bandh on 16 September against attacks on commercial establishments in Karnataka in the wake of the ongoing Cauvery crisis.
18:00(IST) Omni bus services from Coimbatore to Bengaluru suspended
After curfew was imposed in many areas in Karnataka, Omni bus service between Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru, Karnataka have been temporarily suspended, reports
ANI. 17:54(IST) Supreme Court ruling on Cauvery issue is an interim order; our battle will continue: Karnataka CM Siddaramiah
He said the first order passed on September 5 itself was difficult but Monday's order was "most difficult" to follow. "But we have accepted the federal set up and that the legislature, executive and judiciary should function in way complementary to one another," he said.
The CM also stressed that both 5 and 12 September orders were interim orders of the Apex Court reiterating that the Karnataka government will 'keep at our battle in the court.'
17:29(IST) How will burning my buses solve the issue? asks owner of KPN
On Monday, around 150 to 200 protesters set ablaze over 40 buses at a private bus depot owned by KPN Travels in Nayandahalli on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
The owner of the bus depot, a businessman from Salem called KP Natarajan, reacted to the incident and asked how burning his buses would solve the crisis.
"This is the first time that our buses have been targeted in such a way. Cauvery skirmishes have happened in both states and sometimes buses have been attacked, but never at this scale...I am a businessman. How will targeting my buses and business solve the Cauvery issue?"
quoted him as saying. The News Minute 17:20(IST) CPI(M) urges people to maintain calm
Amid raging row over sharing of Cauvery river water in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, CPI(M) urged the people to maintain calm over the Supreme Court order in this regard and asked the two state governments to ensure lives and properties of people are protected.
"The Politburo appeals to people of both states to maintain calm over SC decision on sharing of Cauvery river waters. It calls upon state governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to ensure the protection of people's lives and properties," the party said in a statement. -
PTI 17:17(IST) 17:09(IST) Shooting of Tamil film stopped in Mysuru
Shooting of a Tamil film was stopped by protesters at Jaganmohan palace in Mysuru, police said.
17:07(IST) Police conducting combing operations
Police lobbed tear gas at Hegganahalli and Pattegarapalaya as protesters tried to burn tyres on the streets, defying curfew. Police are also conducting combing operations in several sensitive areas and dispersing crowds that are gathering.
Senior police officials said curfew would continue until further orders and would be reviewed this evening. Sporadic protests have been reported in different parts of the state like Mandya, Chitradurga, Ramanagara and Mysuru. -
Media advisory from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting 16:44(IST) It's very sad: Chandrababu Naidu Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed grave concern over the violence in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu amid the raging Cauvery water sharing issue.
"It is very sad that people of these states grew restive over water. The violent incidents in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are an example of the ill-effects of water crisis," Chandrababu said in a teleconference with officials on 'Water and Progress' in Vijawada on Tuesday. 16:40(IST) Image of Bengaluru as India's Silicon Valley is sullied: Assocham
With widespread damage to the vital urban infrastructure, interruption in the transport including, roads, rail and air and inability of the workforce to safely move to and from offices and factories, Karnataka, particularly Bengaluru, is estimated to have suffered a loss between Rs 22,000 to 25,000 crore due to Cauvery dispute related violence, apex industry body Asscocham said on Tuesday.
ANI, Assocham said, "Violence in the state capital and other parts of Karnataka has severely dented the image of Bengaluru as Silicon Valley of India, home to almost all the Fortune 500 companies." 16:37(IST) 'We are missing a lot of joy'
"We are missing a lot of joy, sir...the day has become unforgettable," Prema told NDTV. "We are facing a lot of problems. We had sent out 600 invitations but now only 20 members are coming to the wedding," said Prema, adding, "This is not the right way, both states should understand we are all Indians and we are one India." 16:35(IST) Bride from Bengaluru walks several kms for her wedding in Tamil Nadu
In the absence of any public transport and buses on the road, 25-year-old R Prema walked several kilometres to get married to a Tamil man on Tuesday. According to this report in the
Prema is from Bengaluru and will be married tomorrow to a young man in Tamil Nadu. NDTV, 16:32(IST) 'Buses between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu won't ply till situation is normal'
Considering the prevailing situation, it was decided not to ply buses to Karnataka till normalcy returned in that state, officials said.
On Monday, one person was killed and another injured in police firing in Bengaluru after widespread violence erupted in that city and other parts of Karnataka following the Supreme Court's modified order on sharing Cauvery water by the two riparian states.
16:31(IST) SC ordered only after studying all facts of the issue
Saminathan demanded that the Karnataka government take stern steps against those who had resorted to violence.
He said people from different states have been living cordially with the locals in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Hence Karnataka government should take steps to ensure that people from other states lived in peace there, he said.
Saminathan said the supreme Court order directive was only after studying the full facts of the issue.
16:30(IST) Karna govt failed to prevent violence against Tamils: BJP BJP charged the Congress government in Karnataka with having failed to prevent violence against Tamils on Cauvery water row.
President of the party's local unit V Saminathan said in a release that the Karnataka government, instead of obeying the Supreme court`s directive to release the specified quantity of water Tamil Nadu "has acted in such a manner as to dislocate the implementation of the court order".
He said the BJP condemns the violence against Tamils and damage to their properties in that state.
Bengaluru City Police tweeted out saying the condition in Bengaluru is peaceful and calm 16:07(IST) 16:07(IST) 16:06(IST) 16:06(IST)
Meanwhile, Kannadigas and Tamilians alike, came on social media to spread the message of peace and calm. 16:01(IST)
Trainee journalists from Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore bring us updates from the city on Monday's situation. Protesters rallied across Bengaluru after Supreme Court modified their earlier order on the Cauvery water sharing issue. 15:56(IST)
350 people arrested for vandalising public property 15:55(IST)
Considering the prevailing situation, it was decided not to ply buses to Karnataka till normalcy returned in that state, the Secretary of the association added.
P Senthilkumar told reporters after a meeting of the association that 12 buses had been severely damaged in the last two days.
Meanwhile, the Coimbatore district Omnibus Owners association decided not to ply their vehicles to Karnataka for fear of attacks on their buses and crew.
The activists of Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NMK), led by its district secretary Wahab raised slogans against Karnataka and proceeded to the association hall in Tatabad, police said.
However, police stopped them near the Association building and they were arrested.
15:54(IST) 30 Tamil fringe outfit activists arrested
At least, 30 activists of a fringe Tamil outfit were arrested in Coimbatore when they tried to stage a demonstration in front of Karnataka Association office, in protest against attacks on Tamils in that state over the Cauvery issue.
15:52(IST) 'No Karnataka govt has ever defied an SC order'
"Water was released in 1995, 2002, 2012 as per the orders of Supreme Curt. No government in Karnataka has defied an order by the top court. There is no definition for distress formula, we are basing all our arguments on ground reality. All colleges, buses and services will resume operations as soon as calm is restored in the city." 15:48(IST) 'Will discuss issue with the PM'
Siddaramaiah told reporters in Bengaluru that in the absence of a national water policy, it has become increasingly difficult to solve such issues.
"I’m going to raise this with the PM. Besides, all of these issues will be raised when the SLP comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court on 18 October." 15:46(IST)
"In sensitive areas where Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam and Eid are being celebrated, we have deployed security forces. It is true that violence is not a solution to any problem. We have to maintain peace and tranquillity in the society." 15:44(IST)
"I had written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the issue. I have sought an appointment with the PM tomorrow. I will also request him to hold a meeting with chief ministers of both states." 15:41(IST) 'SC order big blow to Karnataka'
"We will keep at our battle in court. Our team of lawyers will continue to battle the Cauvery issue. The result of Supreme Court's Monday order is that we will have to release 1,68,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu which is a big blow to Karnataka," says Siddaramaiah. 15:37(IST) "I appeal to the media to exercise caution in airing footage that may incite violence"
Urging the media to exercise restrain when airing sensitive footage, Siddaramaiah said, "We must maintain the cosmopolitan name and status that Bangalore enjoys across the world. Although this is a difficult order to implement we have ensured uninterrupted water supply to Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya andother regions this arrangement will continue till June 2017. I can assure you."
The Karnataka CM is addressing the media in Bengaluru. 15:34(IST) Total 1,700 paramilitary force in Karnataka
The Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been sent to the violence-prone areas of Karnataka to assist the local administration to ensure peace, official sources said.
With this, a total of 1,700 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in violence-hit areas of Karnataka for maintaining law and order.
15:34(IST) Additional force deployed to Karnataka
Meanwhile, an additional 700 riot control police personnel have been rushed to Karnataka to tackle the situation arising out of the protests over Cauvery river water sharing.
"If you don't show volatility it will help. Bangalore isn't just capital of Karnataka but an international city - Silicon Valley of India." 15:29(IST) 15:28(IST) You will be protected: Siddaramaiah tells Bengaluru citizens
Reassuring the citizens of Bengaluru, a day after protesters rallied against the Supreme Court order, the CM said,
"I wish to reassure the citizens of Bangaluru and those who have made this city their home, that you will be protected. There will be no loss of property and no harm will come to you." 15:26(IST) The Cabinet has decided that we have no choice but to abide by the apex court order, Siddaramaiah told the media in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
"We have decided that any law and order repercussions will be dealt with decisively. There must be no loss to property or acts of public violence or violence as a result of our decision. We have decided therefore that we will impose law and order with an ‘iron hand’ so that there is no harm to the citizenry or to property. A man named Umesh was killed in police firing on Monday. The firing took place because the police had no recourse but to defend themselves when their van was set on fire. Govt will provide relief of 10 lakh as financial assistance to the man who died. He was an earning member of his family." 15:23(IST)
Karnataka CM: People shouldn't take law in their own hands 15:22(IST)
Addressing the media on Tuesday, CM Siddaramaiah said that despite all difficulties, it will be impossible for the Karnataka government to either condemn or reject the Supreme Court order.
"The inability to implement the 5 September judgment is the reason why Monday's direction came from the Supreme Court. But we have had to deal with the situation arising out of it, we have to implement in the executive what judiciary has directed." 15:16(IST) NOW: Siddaramaiah addresses press in Bengaluru
"Supervisory Committee met on Monday as directed by the Supreme Court. Chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Pondicherry were present at the meeting. Karnataka has always suffered on the Cauvery issue. The Supreme Court ruling is debilitating for the state and the revised is one we can not possibly abide by," says Siddaramaiah
Siddaramaiah to address press in Bengaluru 14:21(IST)
Violence continues in some areas 14:19(IST)
Bus service resumed in some areas: Police 14:17(IST) Jayalalithaa should form all-party delegation: Elangovan
Former TNCC president EVKS Elangovan demanded that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa form an all party delegation and meet the Prime Minister on the Cauvery issue and also the alleged attack on Tamilians and destruction of their properties at Bengaluru.
he said that the Chief Minister should get necessary compensation for the affected Tamils from the Karnataka government through the Prime Minister and distribute the amount.
Elangovan welcomed the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka for release of water daily to Tamil Nadu and said the present quantum of water released by that state was inadequate. -
Karnataka Police Helpline 13:54(IST) DMK seeks PM's intervention
Opposition DMK sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the Cauvery crisis, urging him to convene a meeting of chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and "ensure a cordial atmosphere" in both states.
"Prime Minister Narenda Modi should invite the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu (J Jayalalithaa) and Karnataka (Siddaramiah) soon for talks and ensure a cordial atmosphere (in the two states)," DMK Treasurer and Opposition Leader in Tamil Nadu Assembly, MK Stalin, said.
Modi should also ensure the safety of Tamils in Karnataka, he told reporters in Chennai.
Referring to the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Stalin said that it was the duty of the Centre to ensure that the upper riparian state complied with the apex court order.
Meanwhile, the party said it will discuss the issue during a meeting of its key office-bearers here on 18 September. -
Be a human first: RJ Balaji 13:28(IST) Air Asia makes arrangement for rescheduling passengers travel
The carrier has made arrangements for rescheduling the passengers travel to any time up to 72 hours at no charge, AirAsia said, according to
PTI. "Any guest travelling from Bengaluru on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 can contact our airline staff or call centres to reschedule their travel to anytime up to 72 hours from now at no charge," it said. "AirAsia as a group believes in providing the best of safety, security and comfort to our guests and crew at all times," AirAsia said.
PTI 12:57(IST) Watch: Bengaluru boils over Cauvery issue
On Monday students of Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, shot a video of the ongoing Bengaluru riots. Neha Bhan, student at the media institute, went out on the streets to cover the tense situation in the city over the Cauvery water dispute. Watch the video here. 12:52(IST) AirAsia allows passengers to reschedule travel free of cost
On Tuesday, low-cost carrier AirAsia said passengers of their flights departing from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on 13 September can reschedule their travel at no charge due to logistical difficulties that they may face in getting to the airport following the outbreak of violence over the Cauvery issue.
"AirAsia understands the seriousness of the current situation in Bengaluru. All AirAsia guests booked onto flights departing from Bengaluru on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 can reschedule their travel at no charge," the aircraft carrier said in a statement. "The airline understands the logistical difficulty that some guests might face in getting to the airport for their flight," AirAsia added. PTI
12:44(IST) 'Blame Tamilians for the Cauvery water issue' Union Minister Sadananda Gowda said that Tamilians are attacking and provoking Kannadigas on Cauvery water issue. According to ANI, he said that Tamilians are to blame for the Cauvery water dispute. He said, "Don’t blame people of Karnataka, we are the ones who don’t have water. People of TN are provoking Kannadigas."
12:22(IST) I am personally pained at the developments: PM Modi PM Modi on Tuesday spoke on the ongoing Bengaluru unrest over the Cauvery water dispute. He said that such a situation of fallout between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is distressing. He said, "Situation that has emerged in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, as a fallout of issue of distribution of waters of Cauvery river, is distressful. Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue." He said, "The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation’s property. Whenever the country has faced adverse circumstances, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, just like people across the country have always handled the situation with sensitivity." He appealed to the two states to display sensitivity, and keep in mind their civic responsibilities.
He added, "This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative." 12:15(IST) 11:45(IST) Arvind Kejriwal to visit Bengaluru
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will leave for Bengaluru on Tuesday to undergo throat surgery for his persistent cough, an official said.
"He (Kejriwal) will leave tomorrow (Tuesday) for Bengaluru for his throat surgery for treatment of his cough problem. He will remain under observation for a few days after the surgery. He will stay there till doctors advise him," the official told
IANS. He is likely to return on 22 September. The official, however, refused to divulge further details like the name of the hospital where Kejriwal will be treated. Bengaluru is currently witnessing violent protests over the Cauvery water sharing row. In Kejriwal's absence Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will look after the chief ministerial works. Earlier in 2015, Kejriwal had attended a 10-day naturopathy treatment for his cough problem at Jindal Naturecure Institute in Bengaluru. Sources in the government said that after returning from Bengaluru, Kejriwal is expected to visit Goa from 26 to 28 September. In Goa, Kejriwal will meet the party workers and campaign for the assembly elections due next year. AAP has decided to fight assembly elections in Goa.
Watch: Visuals from Bengaluru's KPN bus depot, where 56 buses were set on fire on Monday 11:39(IST) Action will be taken against people inciting violence: Karnataka CM Karnataka Home Minister Dr. G Parameshwara said that citizens should ensure safety in the state. He said, "Some people indulged in violence using names of some organisations; will find who they are, arrest them & take action."
He said, "It must be appreciated that we brought the city to order in time otherwise there would have been more loss of life." 11:26(IST) Raghu Dixit asks people to maintain peace
Raghu Dixit, famed Indian singer-songwriter, producer, appealed to people of Karnataka on their Facebook page on the ongoing Bengaluru riots. Invoking Shishunala Sharif, a Kannada poet and philosopher from whom the singer derives a significant portion of source material for his songs, Dixit writes, “The roof of this home leaks ignorance…”
Watch: Security forces (ITBP & Karnataka Police) flag march in Mandya. 11:04(IST) 11:03(IST) Naidu urges people to maintain peace in Bengaluru Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, spoke to journalists on the ongoing protests in Bengaluru. He urged citizens to maintain peace and resolve the matter through peaceful talks. He said, "Talked to parties of both states (Karnataka and Tamil Nadu) to maintain peace. The issue has to be resolved by both states mutually by conducting peaceful talks. I want to request everyone to try to maintain peace." He said, "People have been making significant contribution to the development of states of their choice of living;shouldn't be made to feel insecure.Such violence & destruction of property negates the rule of law and ultimately impacts the life of common man." "Supreme Court has given direction after listening to both States.If still there are any issues, leadership of both States could discuss the same," he said.
He also urged media, especially electronic media to exercise restraint while publishing images of the riots. 10:54(IST) 16 Bengaluru areas under curfew Curfew was imposed on 16 police limits of Bengaluru on Monday night after day-long violence in the city on Monday. One person was killed and five others were injured in police firing in northwest Bengaluru in the evening.
The police announced 16 police limits under curfew. They are: Rajagopal nagar, Kamakshipalya, Vijayanagar, Byatarayanpura, Kengeri, Magadi Road, Rajajinagar, RR Nagar, KP Agrahara, Chandra Layout, Yeshwantpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Peenya, RMC Yard, Nandini Layout and Jnanabharathi.
Citizens are requested to stay indoors till curfew is relaxed.
Cauvery protests: Security personnel on high alert 10:47(IST)
Bengaluru Police assures strict action against vandals 10:40(IST) Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to brief media over Cauvery protest
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu will brief media over Cauvery protest shortly, reported CNN-News18. 10:38(IST) One detained in Hegganahalli area of Bengaluru
Police resort to lathi-charge after incidents of stone pelting Hegganahalli area of Bengaluru. One person was detained, reported
Charred debris of burnt vehicles a day after the protests 10:25(IST) Security forces in Bengaluru on high alert.
Visuals from Mandya – the epicentre of Cauvery protests 10:07(IST) Bengaluru riots in video
On Monday students of Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, shot a video of the ongoing Bengaluru riots. Abhilash and Sahana went out on the streets to cover the tense situation in the city over the Cauvery water dispute. The video shows a burnt truck and people vandalising public property. 09:55(IST)
Bengaluru police assure that the situation in the city is calm; Eid prayers being held at various places in the city 09:27(IST)
Bengaluru police assure that the situation in the city is calm; Eid prayers being held at various places in the city 09:25(IST) Jayachandra will ensure interest of farmers
Karnataka Law Minister TB Jayachandra has assured that all positive steps will be taken to ensure interests of Karnataka farmers. He stressed that the law and order needs to be maintained in the city since this is a critical time for the people of the state.
09:10(IST) All necessary security arrangements have been made: Bengaluru City Police
Bengaluru City Police have assured that police has been deployed in all parts of the city. Around 15,000 police men and officers and 270 Hoysala cars have been deployed in the entire city. The police has urged citizens to not heed to rumours and call and report at 100 in case of any emergency.
Karnataka CM to hold Cabinet meeting at 11 am Karanataka CM Siddaramaiah will host a meeting of senior Congress leaders at his residence on Tuesday. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday requested Railway minister Suresh Prabhu to arrange two special trains to Kerala from Karnataka to bring back Keralites willing to go back to their home state. 08:44(IST) Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru
Section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru from 12 September to 14 September. Bengaluru City police has assured that strict action will be taken against miscreants.
08:40(IST) Public transport has been stopped: Bengaluru city police
On Tuesday Bengaluru Police tweeted that the public transport buses have been stopped. They said that there will be no BMTC, BMRCL, KSRTC. THey urged citizens to be safe and to stay indoors.
22:34(IST) Karnataka chief minister chairs high level meet
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaia has called for a high level meeting to review the law and order situation in the state. Home Minister, G Parameshwara and Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) Om Prakash were also present in the meeting, according to
Times Now. 22:20(IST) 22:18(IST) Section 144 extended till 14 September in Bengaluru The Bangalore police has tweeted out stating that prohibitory orders in the city has been extended till 14 September.
Earlier, according to
Times Now report, curfew was extended for 24 hours. But keeping in mind the deteriorating law and order situation, it has now been extended till 14 September. 22:06(IST) Additional forces deployed in Bengaluru According to ANI, additional forces have been deployed in Bengaluru to curtail the increasing violence over the Cauvery issue. The state government has deployed armed reserve police in the city and requested the Centre to send in more forces to tackle the situation in the state, according to a NDTV report.
Speaking on the issue, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa told
NDTV that Karnataka had no option but to release water to Tamil Nadu, despite all the difficulties it will face in implementing the apex court's order. 21:57(IST) Stones pelting at Karnataka CM's residence
A group of protesters reportedly surrounded the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's residence in Mysuru and resorted to stone pelting.
21:50(IST) First Casualty in Bengaluru protests: One dead, one injured in police firing
ANI has reported that one civilian has died while one person was injured in police firing near Hegganahalli area in Bengaluru. More details awaited 21:39(IST) Jayalalithaa responds to Karnataka CM
J Jayalalithaa has responded to
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's letter expressing concern that the situation in Karnataka is 'alarming'.
Expressing concern, she said "hotels and properties belonging to Tamils in Karnataka are being attacked and damaged. This is an alarming situation and is causing considerable anxiety."
She also urged her Karnataka counterpart to ensure the safety of Tamilians residing in the state.
Times Now reported that she also said that absolute restraint was observed in Tamil Nadu and no major incident was reported.
21:29(IST) Watch: A Bengaluru resident shot this video on her way to home from the office of an IT company.
The person's name has been withheld on request.
21:12(IST) Rajnath speaks to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu CMs
Taking cognisance of the situation in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa over phone to enquire about the situation. Singh assured the chief ministers of the two states of complete assistance from the Centre to deal with situation.
Times Now, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has also said that the Centre has helped the state government deal with the law and order situation. He also requested for additional security forces.
20:54(IST) US issues advisory to its nationals in Karnataka The US on Monday issued an advisory asking its citizens to avoid visiting areas where protests are taking place in Karnataka, including Bengaluru city, and review their personal security plans.
The advisory by US Consulate General, Chennai, asked American nationals to avoid visiting areas where demonstrations are taking place.
"US citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations," the advisory read.
20:42(IST) Woman TV journalist beaten up in Bengaluru A woman television journalist and her cameraman were assaulted during the ongoing spate of violence in the tech city.
"My colleague, Rohini Swamy, and myself - we both were roughed up and beaten by those protesting against Supreme Court direction to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu," India Today Cameraman Y Madhu told
PTI in Bengaluru.
Rohini and Madhu, who were covering Cauvery violence in the city, were attacked by protesters after they objected to the media coverage given to violence and protests staged by pro-Kannada outfits, Madhu said.
"I was punched and later, Rohini also was punched in her stomach, and it was painful - that prompted us to rush her to a nearby hospital," Madhu said. "As we were shooting the violent incidents near Gopalan Mall at Nagarbhavi, some protesters came up to us and threatened us to stop shooting the violence, and join them in their protests if they were Kannadigas," Madhu said.
"As we shut our camera, a separate group of people came to us and started to rough us up and in the melee they snatched and smashed our camera and like," Madhu said. The condition of Rohini, however, was fine after she was given treatment at a private hospital, Madhu said.
20:35(IST) Burnt KPN buses bore Karnataka registration numbers
Times Now KPN has confirmed that all the buses attacked were registered in Karnataka. The company also claimed that no police protection was provided when the mob attacked the depot.
The Managing Director of Salem headquartered KPN Tours and Travels Limited Rajesh Natarajan claimed that 40 of his buses were set on fire. "Around 40 of our buses were set on fire," Natarajan told
PTI. He said many of his buses were insured.
Some reports, however, suggested that about 30 buses belonging to Tamil Nadu were set on fire in the Karnataka capital.
20:26(IST) Police open fire in North Bengaluru Times Now has reported that a group of protesters tried to torch a police jeep in northern Bengaluru as a retaliation to which, the police opened fire on the mob. Two youths have reportedly been injured in the incident.
So far 200 people have been arrested in Karnataka for deliberately creating a law and order situation, the home minister of the state G Parameshwara said earlier in the day.
In partial relief for the Karnataka government, the Supreme Court modified its earlier order asking for the release of 15,000 cusecs Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu and directed the state government to release 12,000 cusecs on a daily basis till 20 September.
Supreme Court also rejected Karnataka's demand to keep in abeyance its 5 September order for releasing water to Tamil Nadu.
Pro-Kannada activists during the Karnataka bandh over Cauvery row. PTI
Referring to the content of Karnataka's fresh plea, the bench said, "If we are allowed to say then we must say that the tone and tenor of the application is absolutely disturbing and to say the least, totally depreciable... that apart the application for modification contain certain averment which follow the tenor or similar language which cannot be conceived of in a court of law seeking modification of an order."
"Agitation, spontaneity or galvanised riot or any kind of catalyst component can never form the foundation for seeking modification of an order...
"An order of this court has to be complied by all the concerned and it is the obligation of the executive to ensure that the orders are complied in letter and spirit.
During the hearing, the bench noted the stiff claim and counter-claims of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and said that it would apply the concept of fair compensation in the matter and
fixed it for further hearing on 20 September.
, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be writing to his Tamil Nadu counterpart Jayalalithaa over the SC's modified order. NDTV
Meanwhile, some protesters have reportedly set vehicles on fire while some Tamil Nadu trucks and buses have also been pelted with stones near Bengaluru.
CNN News 18, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation have suspended all bus services to Tamil Nadu and metro rail services are also temporarily suspended in Bengaluru.
Platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police have been rushed to Mandya and Mysuru for deployment on the state highways and protecting reservoirs in the river basin from being attacked by angry protesters over the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
"We have intensified security and stepped up vigil in Bengaluru to ensure peace and maintain law and order. Additional police forces have been deployed in localities where pre-dominantly Tamils live, for their protection," Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwar told reporters.
Also, retaliatory protests have erupted across Tamil Nadu, with at least three incidents of violence reported from the state, however there is no official word yet from the Tamil Nadu government over the course of action to maintain law and order situation, according to
CNN-News18. Reportedly, some Karnataka registered buses were also attacked and damaged in Chennai earlier in the day.
The Supreme Court's decision to hear the plea, filed late Sunday evening, came after it was mentioned before the court's registry, which consulted Chief Justice TS Thakur.
The apex court was hearing the application filed by Karnataka seeking a direction to reduce the quantum of water to be released from Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu from 15,000 cusecs to 1,000 cusecs.
In an interim order on 5 September, the court had directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate the plight of the farmers there.
Karnataka's decision to move the Supreme Court came ahead of the Cauvery Supervisory Committee's meeting to decide on the quantum of the river's water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.
The application had sought that instead of 10 days, the apex court should restrict the release of water to only 6 as the state itself was facing a distress situation due to a massive agitation which was causing a loss of Rs 500 crore per day to Karnataka.
In the plea, Karnataka had said there was "huge public pressure" and the state police, with great difficulty, have been able to prevent attempts to damage public property.
"Even the minimum arrangement mentioned by your lordships has caused distress and havoc in the entire southern part of Karnataka, paralysing civil life. The agitation of farmers has been that their dry crop is equalled with that of the farmers in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu's need for the rice crop consumes more than twice the water which is needed for light crops in Karnataka," the application said.
The application said that people, particularly farmers in the districts of Mysuru, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru, have been squatting on the roads and streets, affecting the IT industry in the state capital which earns huge revenue by way of income tax, service tax, and foreign exchange of $60 billion for the country.
The application also referred to inputs from security agencies that said if the flow of water is allowed to continue further, the situation "may go out of hand".
With inputs from PTI and IANS
First Published On : Sep 13, 2016 19:34 IST