Bengaluru, Sept 6: Massive protests broke out in Mandya and other parts of Karnataka against the verdict of the Supreme Court which ordered the release of Cauvery Water to Tamil Nadu.
Protestors vandalised PWD office and a police station in Mandya. The Bengaluru-Mysuru highway was blocked due to protests. Here are the latest updates of the agitation:
9.50 pm: State will approach SC & supervisory committee for further directions, says Siddaramaiah.
9.49 pm: State will approach SC & supervisory committee for further directions: Siddaramaiah.
9.48 pm: State will continue to give water to farmers & for drinking as planned, says Karnataka CM on cauvery river water issue.
9.26 pm: All-party meeting decides to abide by the Supreme Court order and release water to Tamil Nadu.
7.31 pm: Rapid action force deployed outside Vidhan Soudha after protests were staged.
7.18 pm: Protestors in Mandya attack a state road transport corporation bus. They are protesting over the Cauvery waters issue.
6.45 pm: JDS floor leader H D Kumaraswamy skips the all party meet called by Karnataka CM on Cauvery issue.
6.30 pm: Cauvery row: Deve Gowda appeals to protestors to maintain peace
6.00 pm: All party meet on Cauvery underway
5.25 pm: Spell next course of action on Cauvery issue, Karunanidhi asks Tamil Nadu government
5.10 pm: Police Lathi Charge against protesters in Mandya
5.00 pm: Karnataka CM calls for meet at 6 pm. Opposition leaders, MPs, central ministers, ministers from Cauvery basin to be present
4.45 pm: Highway Blocked, 700 Buses Off Road As Karnataka Protests Cauvery Order
4.30 pm: Bengaluru Tamil Sangam leaders today met Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara and sought protection for Tamils living in the state amid protests by farmers and various pro-Kannada outfits against the Supreme Court direction to release Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu.
4.00 pm: Over 2000 police personnel deployed in Cauvery belt to contain protest and to maintain law & order.
3.15 pm: Cauvery water row: Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway blocked, protests intensify.
2.52 pm: Prohibitory orders have been clamped around Krishnarajasagar Dam and entry of visitors to it prohibited till September 9.
2.32 pm: Security has been stepped up in the city and other parts of the state after protests escalted in Mandya.
2.30 pm: Schools and colleges in Mandya to remain closed for two days, says DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Minister.
2.15 pm: Cauvery issue: PWD office and a Police station vandalised by protesters in Mandya.
2.10 pm: Pro-Kannada organisations and several farmers unions have called for a Karnataka bandh on September 9.
2.00 pm: Protest against Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa in Mandya. Effigies of Jayalalithaa were burnt by protestors.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah held a meeting at Vidhan Sabha ahead of all-party meet over the Cauvery water issue.
At least 700 buses have been stopped from entering Tamil Nadu. Around 418 buses from Tamil Nadu too were stopped from entering Karnataka. The Supreme Court's direction on Monday triggered an immediate backlash with the farmers' body spearheading the stir, calling for a bandh on Tuesday in Mandya district.
Supreme Court directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to address the plight of the farmers there.