September 27, 2016 9:50:41 pm
The Karnataka government on Tuesday imposed section 144 in Bengaluru till September 30 midnight, in wake of protests over Cauvery issue.
Though the Karnataka government had expressed its inability to release water to Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court has asked the Siddaramaiah government to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water in the next three days despite the unanimous assembly resolution that it cannot spare for Tamil Nadu and called for a political solution to the “impasse” by convening of a meeting of the Chief Ministers of both states and the Centre.
“We direct the state of Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water from tomorrow i.e. September 28, 2016. We are sure that the state of Karnataka shall obey the order without any kind of impediment, obstruction or any other attitude till we take up the matter on September 30,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said.
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Following the apex court’s fresh directions, sporadic protests erupted in Mandya, Mysuru and nearby areas.
Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti (MZRHS), at the forefront of Cauvery agitation, said there was no change in its stand that water should not be released to Tamil Nadu.
Samiti president Made Gowda said, “Water should not be released at any cost … they (Tamil Nadu) have enough water for their crops, they are doing vendetta politics.”
Police, as a precautionary measure, have made elaborate security arrangements in Cauvery basin areas, especially Mandya and Bengaluru.
(With inputs from agencies)
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