Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Widespread violence, arson in Karnataka, Curfew in Bengaluru

Widespread violence, arson in Karnataka, Curfew in Bengaluru

6 day Bundh Call by Kannada Organisations
Bengaluru/New Delhi:  Curfew was imposed in 7 police station limits of Bengaluru after widespread violence broke out in southern Karnataka including Bengaluru on Monday, 12th September 2016 over the Supreme Court order to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.

Angry Kannadiga protesters torched over 30 buses of a Tamil-owned bus depot apart from several trucks and other vehicles in Bengaluru. According to Umesh Kumar IGP, curfew was imposed in Rajagopal Nagar, Kamakshipalya, Vijayanagar, Byatarayanapura, Kengeri, Magadi Road, Rajaji Nagar. 20 paramilitary forces deployed and out of 20 10 have already  came and remaining 10 yet to arrive, IGP said.

According to local TV Channels, one person was died and another injured in violence in Bangalore. 

Several Kannada organisations gave call to observe 6 day State Bundh from 14th September to 19th September 2016, TV channels reported.

The KPN bus depot at the Kengeri yard glowed orange as flames leapt up and smoke engulfed the sky as the buses were gutted. A few hundred protesters had entered the bus depot and reportedly manhandled the drivers and other employees present there. 

Managing Director of the Salem-headquartered KPN Tours and Travels Limited Rajesh Natarajan claimed that 40 of his buses were set on fire.

A dozen trucks bearing Tamil Nadu registration were smashed and their goods thrown on the streets. A woman TV journalist and her cameraman were also beaten up by protesters during the violence in the tech city.

The city police has earlier clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code as a preventive measure in Bengaluru city from Monday evening. About 10 platoons of Rapid Action Force and Central Reserve Police Force were deployed in sensitive areas across the city to prevent protestors from damaging public property, including vehicles bearing Tamil Nadu registration numbers.

"We have also taken about 200 protestors into custody on the charges of rioting, arson and resorting to violence to damage public property and causing unrest in the city," State Home Minister G. Paramehswar said.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called an emergency Cabinet meet on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 morning to discuss the Cauvery issue.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Siddaramaiah and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa over phone to enquire about the tense situation.  Siddaramaiah said he has requested the Centre for additional security forces.
In the morning Supreme Court asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water every day  to Tamilnadu  till September 20, instead of 15,000 cusecs of water daily till September 15. 

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