New Delhi: Hundreds of people staged protests against the Supreme Court’s order to Karnataka release 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days to Tamil Nadu.
The protesters at Mandya blocked the vehicular traffic on the busy Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway by burning discarded tyres and effigies of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and placing barricades at many places enroute.
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“We will not allow the state government to release water at any cost from the half-empty reservoirs as we don’t have enough water for our fields and drinking water,” said Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader Nanjungowda at Mandya.
Lawyers, farmers, traders, students and political on Tuesday protested against the apex court order, which will deplete the water level in the KRS further, affecting supply to fields and taps.
Schools and colleges in the district remained closed for the day.
Police used water-cannons to disperse the protestors.
For safety measures, the Karnataka govt pulled off 700 buses that operate from Bengaluru and Mysuru to Tamil Nadu.
TB Jaychandra, Karnataka Law Minister appealed to people to remain calm and not take law in their hands.
The Supreme Court on Monday had directed the Karnataka govt to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for ten days.