Cauvery water dispute: Security geared up for ‘Rail Roko’ demonstration

Mandya (Karnataka) [India], Sept 15 : Security personnel has been deployed at the Mandya Railway Station as "Rail Roko" protest by Karnataka Rakshana Vedike is expected against the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Jai Karnataka, Vatal Kannada Paksha and Dr. Rajkumar Fans Association are among the 800 Kannada organisations which will take part in the protest.

Speaking to ANI, Mandya Superintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar Reddy said all sorts of arrangement are made to deal with any kind of trouble.

"Right now there are three, four agencies that are involved in the security which includes the local police, the GRPs, RPF..apart from that we have the paramilitary forces. Everybody is doing their duty and we are here to personally supervise. We made an assessment as to what problems may come. Arrangements are made about everything," he said. The situation continued to be normal in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as no reports of violence has come from any parts of the states though the interstate transport through Karnataka border remained at standstill.

The district administration has arranged special buses to bring the passengers who disembark at the Karnataka side of the border to Hosur from where they could proceed to their destinations.

Curfew was lifted in all the 16 police station limits in Bengaluru yesterday as the city bounced back to normal after widespread violence over the Cauvery water sharing row with neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear a plea today seeking direction to the Centre and the state governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to maintain law and order, in the wake of the massive protests over the Cauvery water distribution row.

Source: ANI