TN bandh as it happened: Jayalalithaa to release water from Mettur dam; DMK leaders detained

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TN bandh as it happened: Jayalalithaa to release water from Mettur dam; DMK leaders detained
  • 14:06 (IST)

    Over 20,000 small and medium scale units remain shut

     About 20,000 small and medium scale units in and around Chennai and over 30,000 garment factories in the textile hub of Tirupur also extended support to the bandh and downed shutters, according to PTI.

    Several establishments remained shut in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Nilgiris districts, affecting normal life, in response to the bandh call.

  • 13:54 (IST)

    TN govt to release water from Mettur Dam 

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa orders to release water from Mettur Dam from September 20 for Samba cultivation.

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Protesters detained in Bengaluru

    Members of the  Karnataka Rakshana Vedike were detained by police after they staged a protest over Cauvery water. 

  • 11:52 (IST)

    DMK and VCK party workers stage rail roko protest in Hosur

  • 11:10 (IST)

    MDMK leader Vaiko

    Apart from MK Stalin and Kanimozhi, police detained MDMK leader Vaiko. Speaking to the media, Vaiko said the BJP-led central government is also adopting the same policy like the earlier Congress government when it comes to the Cauvery river water sharing issue, according IANS

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Opposition supports bandh

    Barring the ruling AIADMK party, all other major political parties have extended their support. DMK leader MK Stalin tried to hold protest in Egmore Railway Station and was taken into custody by the police. Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi was taken into custody.

  • 10:40 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu farmers' association stage a 'rail roko' at Saidapet railway station in Chennai 

  • 10:26 (IST)

    DMK leader Kanimozhi detained

    DMK leader Kanimozhi, who was protesting along with the other party workers, has also been detained in Chennai. 

  • 10:18 (IST)

    Stalin in preventive custody

    The DMK workers staged a protest in front of the Egmore railway station over Cauvery water dispute. DMK leader Kanimozhi was also present. According to Times Now, MK Stalin has been taken in preventive custody. Paramilitary forces have been deployed in the state. 

  • 09:55 (IST)

    Mixed response to bandh

    Reports suggest that the strike called by various organisations representing farmers, traders and transporters in Tamil Nadu got mixed response. While schools and shops remained closed, public transport, government offices and banks are operating as usual. Cadres of some political parties trying to stop trains in some places were taken into custody by the police, reported IANS. Heavy security has been deployed at the karnatak-Tamil Nadu border. 

  • 09:35 (IST)

    Security stepped up in border areas 

    Farmers and traders bodies called for a statewide bandh in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery dispute. Security has been stepped up in the border areas between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. 

  • 09:29 (IST)

    Bandh in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry: Schools remain shut

  • 09:26 (IST)

    Shops remain closed in most parts of Tamil Nadu

Chennai: A dawn-to-dusk bandh called by several farmers and traders bodies over the raging Cauvery dispute began on Friday across Tamil Nadu amid tight security with Opposition parties, including the DMK, supporting it.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

As those who had given the bandh call have said a series of protests, including "road and rail roko", will be held, thousands of police personnel have been deployed across the state to maintain law and order.

Police said tight vigil was being maintained and no attempts to mar public peace or disruption of free movement of transportation — on road or rail — would be allowed. Several local grocery shops, which usually open by daybreak, remained shut in view of the protests.

State transport corporation-run buses besides trains are being operated as usual though autos, taxis and commercial freight operators remained off the roads.

The bandh has been called in protest against the violence targeting Tamils in Karnataka and also to seek Cauvery water for the state.

Barring the ruling AIADMK, its allies and trade unions affiliated, all other Opposition parties, including the DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress, DMDK, MDMK, Left parties and the PMK, are supporting the bandh.

Thousands of police personnel, including armed reserve forces, have been deployed in Tamil Nadu and in Chennai over 15,000 policemen are on duty.

Protection was being provided for Karnataka-related business establishments, schools, institutions and areas where Kannada speaking people live, including Krishnagiri district.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 16, 2016 14:24 PM

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