City Pulse

Bandh over Cauvery water dispute paralyzes Bengaluru

September 09, 2016
  • A dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh was called by pro-Kannada outfits on Friday to protest against the Supreme Court's direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.

  • More than 1,100 pro-Karnataka associations supported the state-wide strike, which forced the government to boost security at its border with Tamil Nadu.

  • BJP leaders R Ashoka, Vijaykumar and others are seen taking part in the protest rally.

  • Pro-Kannada outfits stage protest near SBM Circle.

  • Yeshwantpur flyover wears a deserted look.

  • An ambulance stuck in traffic as activists stage Rasta Roko on Airport Road near Hebbal.

  • With bus service suspended, Kempegowda Bus Station wears a deserted look.

  • People stranded near City Railway station due to the lack of transport.

  • Namma Metro rail services were suspended.

  • Kempegowda Bus Station wears a deserted look.

  • People stranded at Kempegowda Bus Station.

  • Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj participating in the rally.

  • Kannada activists take out a rally from Town Hall to Freedom Park.

  • Youth playing cricket on a deserted Commercial Street.

  • Film actors from the Kannada film fraternity support the bandh.

  • RAF personnel seen at Navarang circle.

A dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits on Friday to protest against the Supreme Court's direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu threw normal life out of gear in many parts of the state including Bengaluru.


The bandh followed a September 5 interim order by the Supreme Court to Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for 10 days to Tamil Nadu.


More than 1,100 pro-Karnataka associations supported the state-wide strike, which forced the government to boost security at its border with Tamil Nadu.


At least 25,000 police and security personnel were deployed on the streets of Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mandya, among other parts of the state, to maintain law and order.


All modes of public transport - BMTC and KSRTC buses, autorickshaws, tourist cabs and airport cabs, remained off road since morning. Namma Metro, too, called off its services.


Hundreds of companies were forced to remain closed. Around 5,000 protesters took to the streets of Bengaluru, some burning tyres and effigies of Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, but no large-scale violence was reported from anywhere in Karnataka.


Kannada film industry turned up in full strength for a protest demonstration near the office of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce near Shivananda Circle, Bengaluru. 


The shut-down also left hundreds of rail and air passengers stranded at the city's railway station and airport, with no buses or taxis to take them. Many who had to catch a flight out of Bengaluru on Friday arrived at the airport late on Thursday, hours before the shut-down.


On Thursday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to appeal for peace. “We should not destroy our own property to protest the injustice meted out to us. Let the bandh proceed peacefully,” he said.