Bangalore Under Curfew, Karnataka Bleeds as Water Flows to Tamil Nadu

After a hectic day of fear, social media rumours, TV footage of attacks on stores, buses and vehicles, the day of violence ended with the firing opened on a group of looters with one of them succumbed to death. Otherwise, Tuesday being a holiday for Bakrid, the city is peaceful with no untoward incidents reported so far.

Now the tech city has begun to witness curfew, perhaps for the time in more than a decade. Curfew was imposed in 16 police limits of Bengaluru on Monday night and it will be in force for three days in the police station limits of Rajagopal nagar, Kamakshipalya, Vijayanagar, Byatarayanpura, Kengeri, Magadi Road, Rajajinagar, RR Nagar, KP Agrahara, Chandra Layout, Yeshwantpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Peenya, RMC Yard, Nandini Layout and Jnanabharathi. It means people cannot move out on streets except during the relaxation hours.

The firing incident became inevitable when looters attacked a Hoysala vehicle at Hegganahalli, off Tumakuru Road, leading to the death of one, Umesh, 25, from Kunigal. An employee of a fuel station, he is survived by his wife and a four-month-old child and three others — Chandramohan Singh, 37, Yogesh, 22, and Pradeep, 25 — are undergoing treatment in hospital.

State Home minister G Parameshwara said, “The protest over Cauvery taking a violent turn is unfortunate.” Police have also banned the sale of liquor for three days. Meanwhile, the Centre sought a report on the situation in the state from chief minister Siddaramaiah, which in turn sought additional CRPF battalions.

The violence flared up when the Supreme Court modified its September 5 order, on Monday asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, but adding more days and more quantity, till September 20.

The leaders cutting across all parties in Karnataka are crying foul saying when they don’t have drinking water, it is unfair to deny them Cauvery water and force them to part with it for agricultural needs of Tamil Nadu. “Every time Supreme Court asked us, we had complied with,” said former CM Sadananda Gowda.

It is a known fact that Bangalore, dependent on Cauvery water for its basic drinking requirements, has reacted in the worst ever way in its history, heralding the future water wars which will be fought between people, states and countries. More than politics and past verdicts or agreements, it is time the water sharing is done more scientifically by the nation, which is facing similar constraints with neighbours over sharing of water.

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