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

Protests erupted across the state after 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.

FP Staff September 13, 2016 22:35:36 IST
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#CauveryIssue as it happened: 350 arrested for vandalising public property; Bengaluru police vow to restore normalcy

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Sept 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 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

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.

Sept 13, 2016 - 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. 

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.

Sept 13, 2016 - 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. 

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.'

Sept 13, 2016 - 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.

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.

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

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

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