The Supreme Court’s verdict over Cauvery water has created unrest in Mysuru, Bengaluru and other parts of the Cauvery river basin. Vehicles belonging Tamil Nadu were attacked and burnt down in retaliation to the attack of Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu. Section 144 has been declared in Mysuru between midnight of September 12 and September 14. The Cauvery verdict and attack on Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu stirred up emotions in Mysuru and other cities as well.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) stopped all the operations between Mysuru and Bengaluru. Buses to Bengaluru were halted at Mysuru Sub-Urban bus stand and KSRTC depot at Bannimantap. No buses commuted to Mandya and Pandavpura. KSRTC has suspended all the buses to Tamil Nadu. Buses to Nanjangudu, Gundlupete and K R Nagar were limited in numbers. The buses were made to commute according to the number of passengers.
Mysuru Police Commissioner B Dayananda was on rounds all over the city on Monday night to ensure law and order were in place. He was in contact with presidents of various pro-Kannada organisations. He requested them to oppose the Cauvery verdict peacefully without causing any nuisance. The organisations responded to the commissioner’s appeal positively and no calamities have been reported in the city.
Youth of Muslim community protested against the Supreme Court’s verdict in Shivarampet. On the holy day of Bakrid, around 25 Muslim youth joined the protest. They wore black T-shirt as a mark of protest and shouted slogans against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. They urged both the ruling party and opposition to file an affidavit against the verdict.
Driver of a Kerala state bus was heard blaming Kannada activists over bandhs. Activists, who came to know about it, demanded his apology and said they won’t let the bus go unless he apologises. Later, he apologised to the activists with folded hands. The bus was later allowed to move.
Bandipalya and APMC were closed due to the impact of the bandh since Monday. As Bakrid is celebrated on Tuesday, being government affiliated institutions; they did not function. As there were attacks reported on vehicles from Tamil Nadu, several Lorries were parked in Mysuru South Police station. As vehicles having Tamil Nadu number plates were attacked in the city, on a precautionary note, they were not allowed to move out.
A Tamil movie shooting was scheduled in Lalith Mahal Palace. Knowing this, members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Praveen Shetty wing obstructed the shooting and urged the Lalith Mahal Palace authorities to ask the film crew to vacate the hotel immediately. They tried to attack the film crew and the Lalit Mahal authorities for trying to defend them. Police rushed to the spot and arrested Mahesh, a leader of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s residence in Ramakrishna Nagar was provided police security as miscreants pelted stones at his Bengaluru residence. Police have been patrolling the city to prevent any possible miscreant activities.