#CauveryIssue as it happened: 350 arrested for vandalising public property; Bengaluru police vow to restore normalcy

Sep, 13 2016 IST

  • 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 ANI

     

    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 The Economic Times, while 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. 

     

    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?" The News Minute quoted him as saying.

  • 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

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    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. - PTI

  • 17:04 (IST)

    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.

     

    Speaking to 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 NDTV, Prema is from Bengaluru and will be married tomorrow to a young man in Tamil Nadu.

  • 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.

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Bengaluru City Police tweeted out saying the condition in Bengaluru is peaceful and calm

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    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.

  • 15:55 (IST)

    P Senthilkumar told reporters after a meeting of the association that 12 buses had been severely damaged in the last two days.

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Meanwhile, the Coimbatore district Omnibus Owners association decided not to ply their vehicles to Karnataka for fear of attacks on their buses and crew.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    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.

     

  • 15:33 (IST)

    "If you don't show volatility it will help. Bangalore isn't just capital of Karnataka but an international city - Silicon Valley of India." 

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  • 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

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    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.

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    "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."

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

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.

According to NDTV, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be writing to his Tamil Nadu counterpart Jayalalithaa over the SC's modified order.

Meanwhile, some protesters have reportedly set vehicles on fire while some Tamil Nadu trucks and buses have also been pelted with stones near Bengaluru.

According to 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