Cauvery water issue: Activists call for bandh in Mandya, K’taka govt. appeals for peace

Mandya/Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Sept. 6 : The Cauvery Horata Samiti in Karnataka on Monday called for a bandh in Mandya over the Supreme Court's order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The Samati activists, along with the farmers, were seen staging protest in the Shrirangapattana taluk of Mandya.

They were also seen blocking the roads. Around 2400 policemen have been deployed to monitor the situation. Tamil Nadu transport buses and vehicles from the state were halted at Hosur Border Bus Stand due to protests in parts of Karnataka.

Krishna Raja Sagara Dam and Brindavan Gardens have also been closed for public for four days Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called an all-party meeting to discuss Cauvery river water issue and the apex court's order on the matter.

Meanwhile, TB Jaychandra, Karnataka Law Minister, has appealed to the public not to take law and order in their hands and to maintain peace.

We know that the Supreme Court is the highest court in the country. We have to oblige to their orders. My appeal to public is not to resort to agitation and keep calm. They should cooperate with the state government," Jaychandra told ANI. The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days.

Source: ANI