Bengaluru, Sept. 19: As apprehensions grow over another bandh, another bout of violence following the Cauvery Water Supervisory Committee's order to Karnataka to release more water -- 3,000 cusecs a day for 10 days -- to Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru city police got swiftly into the act to pre-empt rumour mongers and any plans of self-appointed activists to call for a bandh or violence.
Within two minutes of the order becoming public news, the city police had tweeted under the hashtag #CitySafe
and they followed it up with a tweet using the hashtag #NoBandhinBengaluru:
And for good measure -- in case, anti-social elements were salivating at the opportunity for more vandalism and destruction, the police also tweeted, perhaps in an attempt to tell potential trouble-makers that they will be brought to book:
Thank the public for sharing videos/photos of rioters with us. Request you to come forward & share more at 9480801000. Anonymity guaranteed
Thank the public for sharing videos/photos of rioters with us. Request you to come forward & share more at 9480801000. Anonymity guaranteed— BengaluruCityPolice (@BlrCityPolice) September 19, 2016
This must count as perhaps the speediest action by Bengaluru police to assure citizens of safety and warn anti-social elements against violence.
On Monday morning itself, Bengaluru police had deployed riot police in many parts of the city, where prohibitory orders have been clamped under section 144 CrPC until September 25.