City Pulse

Cauvery protests: Normal life disrupted in Bengaluru

September 13, 2016
  • Life in India’s IT capital was severely disrupted as a decades-old dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over sharing of Cauvery river water turned violent on Monday.

  • Curfew was imposed in 16 sensitive police station limits and around 15,000 policemen were on watch in the city.

  • Cops had a tough time controlling protestors.

  • Commercial and business establishments were vandalised and ransacked at various places in the city including Domlur and nearby areas.

  • Attacks targeting vehicles and businesses linked to Tamil Nadu were reported from around Bengaluru.

  • Miscreants set fire to vehicles.

  • Over 100 phone calls were received by the fire control room.

  • Cops trying to control chaos in Bengaluru.

  • Students were the worst affected as educational institutions declared a holiday and asked parents to pick up their wards.

  • A day after witnessing widespread violence, Bengaluru appeared to limp back to normalcy on Tuesday.

  • Shops downed shutters in the IT city after the violence stepped up.

  • A Petrol pump remains

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An uneasy calm prevailed in Bengaluru on Tuesday, as parts of the city was still under curfew and heavy security cover.


A day after witnessing widespread violence, the city seemed to be limping back to normalcy.


Curfew was imposed in 16 sensitive police station limits and around 15,000 policemen were on watch in the city.Police imposed curfew in Rajgopal Nagar, Kamakshipalya, Vijaynagar, Byatarayanpura Kengeri, Magadi Road, Rajajinagar, RR Nagara, KP Agrahara Chandra layout, Yeshwanathapura, Mahalakshmi layout, Peenya, RMC Yard, Nandini Layout and Jnanabharathi.


Life in India’s IT capital was severely disrupted as a decades-old dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over sharing of Cauvery river water turned violent on Monday, leaving vehicles and property damaged in both states.


Two were killed in the clashes. While a man died in police firing on Monday night, in another incident a man fell to his death while escaping lathicharge on Tuesday.


The Supreme Court, on Monday, modified its earlier order and asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till September 20.


Pro-Karnataka protestors were out on the streets across the city on Monday, specifically targeting vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration on Mysuru road, Kengeri Satellite bus stand, Outer Ring road and nearby areas.


At least 65 buses were set ablaze near Dwarakanath Nagar at Hosekahalli on Monday evening. A group of protestors also set as many as 30 Tamil Nadu registered trucks on fire at the new timber yard on Avalahalli.


Commercial and business establishments were vandalised and ransacked at various places in the city including Domlur and nearby areas.


Namma Metro services were suspended and Karnataka authorities have stopped bus services to Tamil Nadu for an unspecified period of time as a precautionary measure.


The Cauvery River, which originates in Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu, has been the source of a bitter water dispute for decades.