Cauvery row: Karnataka CM writes to Jayalalithaa, seeks action against violent protesters

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, asking her to cooperate in maintaining cordiality between the states in the wake of the recent attacks on state vehicles and a hotel run by a native of Karnataka in Tamil Nadu amid the ongoing Cauvery row while assuring her that interests of Tamils in the state would be safeguarded.

Siddaramaiah tweeted a copy of the letter, in which he has urged Jayalalithaa to direct authorities in Tamil Nadu to ensure that perpetrators of violence are immediately brought to book.

He further said that the Karnataka government is "committed to maintaining law and order in the state."

He expressed his concern about the incidents of violence that have come to his notice against Kannada speaking people in Tamil Nadu. He told Jayalalithaa that the Karnataka government has ensured safety of all citizens, particularly the Tamil-speaking people.

He also cited the incident of assault on a youth named Santosh and said it was being blown out of proportion. The student allegedly posted a derogatory status against some Kannada actors and against the Cauvery agitation. Siddaramaiah said that the police have already registered a case against the youngsters who attacked the boy for post on social media.

The missive came following reports that suspected pro-Tamil protesters attacked and damaged a hotel run by a native of Karnataka in Chennai, using iron rods and wooden logs. Seven tourist vehicles bearing Karnataka registration parked at a temple in Rameswaram were damaged allegedly by  activists of various outfits including Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam.

On the incident wherein a 22-year-old Tamil engineering student was allegedly beaten by a group of people in Bengaluru for posting "derogatory" remarks on social media against Kannada film actors, he said the case is under investigation. He said "It has also come to my notice that an incident involving a youth by name Santosh in Bengaluru, has been blown out of proportion by media channels in Tamil Nadu and this is likely inciting passions and violence against Kannada speaking people."

The Bengaluru City Police has already filed a case in  the Santosh incident and investigation is under progress, he added.

He had earlier also asked Jayalalithaa to provide protection to Kannadigas.

Siddaramaiah also advised the media "not to glorify" certain incidents relating to "sensitive" issues and be restrained in reporting them.   The Karnataka chief minister also assured his Tamil nadu counterpart that his government is "firmly" committed to maintaining law and order in the State.

"We have taken utmost precaution to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, particularly Tamil speaking  people, in the State," he said.  "You would agree that the incidents of violence against
Kannada speaking people that are being reported from Tamil Nadu would incite passions threatening peace in our  State, which all of us should prevent," he added.

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara appealed to people of both states not to resort to violence.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 12, 2016 19:05 PM

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