Chennai, Sept 16: There is tight security in place as Tamil Nadu braces itself for a bandh over the Cauvery issue on Friday. Security is also tight in Karnataka as police do not want a spill out of the bandh affecting the state.
Several organisations have called for a bandh in Tamil Nadu on Friday to protest against the violence that erupted in Karnataka over the Cauvery issue on Monday.
The Tamil Nadu administration has taken all measures to make sure that the bandh is incident free. At a high level meeting of the Director General of Police it was decided to deploy maximum security to ensure that no untoward incidents take place.
Although security is in place, several establishments have downed their shutters as a precautionary measure.
A total of around 1.18 lakh police personnel would be deployed. Security is high at bus stops, Kannadiga establishments and railway stations.
The state has ensured that the government buses would continue to function with police protection. The police has also warned that no one should try and force shutters down. If so, stringent action would be taken.
Further an advisory has been issued to avoid speaking about the Cauvery issue in a manner that would incite trouble.
In Karnataka too security is high. At the Attibele check post at the TN-Karnataka border security is very high.
All vehicles attempting to go to TN on Friday were stopped as a precautionary measure. Several commuters had to walk across to the border after vehicular movement was stopped.