Cauvery dispute: Security tightened in Tamil-dominated areas of Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Sep 22 (IANS): The Karnataka Police have tightened security measures in areas of Bengaluru where a significant Tamil speaking population resides after the Supreme Court's direction to release water to Tamil Nadu.

Following the order to release water from Karnataka dams in a rain deficit year, the Kannada activists and farmers’ organisations have given a call of bandh across Karnataka on Friday. The protests will also be staged in the state capital Bengaluru.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner B. Dayanand has given directions to the jurisdictional DCPs to beef up security measures in the capital city and to make additional security arrangements in localities where a large number of Tamil people reside.

The police have taken preventive measures and gathered information on organisations resorting to protest and blocking of roads. Bengaluru is a home for the large Tamil population.

In 1991, Bengaluru witnessed one of the worst violence targeting Tamilians. The incidents of violence took place in Mysuru city, which also has a large Tamil population. The attacks took place following the demonstrations opposing the orders of the Cauvery Water Tribunal to release water from Karnataka. The Tamil population was terrified and thousands fled to Tamil Nadu. Sixteen persons were killed in the police firing during the conflict. Entire slums of migrant Tamilians were torched.

On Friday, though protests continued over the matter, the organisations have decided to stage a large-scale bandh on September 23 in Mandya district where KRS dam is located.

The police department is on high alert all across the state following BJP and JD(S) leaders alleging that the Congress government is colluding with the ruling DMK party in Tamil Nadu to strengthen the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).






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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." As a P.M of the country Modiji must try to resolve the issue with full support and on principles of equality and sympathy for all the peoples of the country. If Modiji remains a spectator watching Tamilians miseries, then he is doing a open neglect on political point of view. We can share the burden but we cannot wah our hands with least brotherton. No body is sure what is there in store for each one of us

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    All of the people living in India are Indian citizens and should support each other than fighting or threatening each other. BJP and JDS reminds me of sour grapes. They had opportunities to govern properly and look after people but they squandered these opportunities and people thought them good lesson. Now a days all they are doing is protest at every thing every day. Let people ask how did they make fortune for themselves?.

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  • Robert Rodrigues, Muscat

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    Chaddies are trying their best efforts to create problems this time, be careful

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  • sense_shetty, Kudla,Mangalore,KodialGuthu

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    When the course of the Nethravathi River, as it flowed into Tulunadu, was altered, there was an eerie silence. Not a single voice, not even those of the Bhootas and Nagas native to this so called Holy land, raised in protest Take a lesson from the Kannadigas on how to secure natural resources. Every living being on this planet has a fundamental right to access water for the sake of survival .Be it Tamilian,Malayali,hindu,muslim etc etc.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    chaddi elements will try their best during this vulnerable time to create problems....Sidda Devaraya should show is iron hand against these nagpur gulams...Tamilians are our brothers and sisters...they have to be rescued at any cost...DMK is our friend..Sidda keep in mind..if possible release water...if not at least see that no disturbances occur....

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  • Kiran Poojary, Bengaluru/Mangaluru

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    DMK is your friend. Go to Chennai for job. Your friend may treat you well.

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  • Marol, Udupi

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    Peacefull dialogues only can give solutions. No use of fighting with each other. Thank you and God bless each and every one of us.

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    This is the most unpleasant and unnecessary fall out of any such crisis... Be it linguistic or water temporary passions will run high among rash minded people... Good decision to control well in advance... We all live in the same space and give n take policy is the only one that helps all of us... Cauvery crisis comes every few years and leaves bitter memories for the most affected... For others it is just a news to read and forget later....

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