Cauvery dispute: New Woodlands Hotel in Chennai attacked by suspected pro-Tamil group

A group of unidentified assailants attacked the New Woodlands Hotel in Mylapore in Chennai over the ongoing Cauvery row between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, police said on Monday.

"Around 3.15 am, a group came to the hotel and damaged glass panels. It seems the group attacked the hotel in protest against Karnataka's attitude in the release of Cauvery river water," a police official told IANS.

A hotel employee confirmed the incident, adding that no person was injured in the attack.

In a one-page letter, the attackers warned of more attacks on Karnataka establishments claiming that if more Tamil's were attacked in the state, such incidents of hurling petrol bombs will continue, reported CNN News18.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack and a probe is on, police said.

The incident comes a day after a video purportedly showing a 22-year-old Tamil youth being beaten by a group of men in Bengaluru for allegedly posting "derogatory" remarks on social media against Kannada film actors went viral.

It was also alleged that the youth had made comments, which were later deleted, against the ongoing Cauvery water agitation in Karnataka on the social media.

In a separate incident, seven tourist vehicles bearing Karnataka registration that were parked at a temple in Rameswaram were damaged when agitated members of various outfits including Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam allegedly indulged in vandalism early on Monday, police said.

The group entered the parking lot of a temple near Agni Theertham in the town and damaged the vehicles bearing Karnataka registration with clubs and stones, they said.

Cases have been registered against seven persons, including one Manmathan, belonging to Tamizhar Desiya Front and are seacrching the suspects, they added.

The Karnataka government on Monday asked the apex court to suspend its 5 September order to release water to Tamil Nadu. The SC has, however, expressed displeasure over the non-implementation of the order by the Karnataka government, reported ANI.

There have  been scattered protests in both the states since the release of Cauvery river water. On Friday, there was a shut down in Karnataka protesting the release of Cauvery water. On Sunday, members of a Tamil outfit disrupted a meeting of a Kannada literary organisation in Coimbatore, to protest the alleged beating of a 22-year-old Tamil youth in Bengaluru over his Facebook post on Cauvery issue, police said.

Members of the Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam reached the hall where a meeting of the Samakalina Kannada Ilakiyam was scheduled and raised slogans stating that they will not
allow the meeting to be conducted as a Tamil youth was allegedly beaten by Kannada activists in Bengaluru recently over a Facebook post on Cauvery issue.

They tore the banner of Ilakiyam put up in front of the hall. They dispersed after police reached the spot. The meeting was also cancelled after the incident, police said.

The Supreme Court agreed to conduct an early hearing on Monday on 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.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Sep 12, 2016 13:45 PM

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