Following the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka release 15,000 cusecs of water every day to Tamil Nadu, farmers and Kannada activists expressed their anger by staging protests and demonstrations in various parts of the city and neighbouring regions.
The Supreme Court’s direction to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days has triggered massive protests across Mysuru, Mandya and Kodagu region. On Monday, various farmers and Kannada organisations had called for a Mandya bandh on Tuesday. To support the call, farmers and pro Kannada organisations hit the streets in the morning protesting against the directions given by the Supreme court and expressed their anger by burning the effigies of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Mandya received a huge response to the bandh called by the Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi where the agitators raised slogans against the Supreme Court direction and urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah not to release water since the state is lurching under severe drought conditions. Agitators blocked the major Bengaluru- Mysuru highway on Tuesday. Jayakarnataka Vedike, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Cauvery Hitarakshana samithi staged protest and also burnt tyres in front of Sanjaya Circle in Mandya. In the wake of protests and road block, the Karnataka State road transport corporation (KSRTC) suspended the bus services from Bengaluru towards Mysuru on Tuesday. As many as 700 buses operating daily from Bengaluru to Mysuru, covering various other destinations, were halted. Mandya DC S Ziyaullah, as a precautionary measure, has closed entry to Brindavan Gardens for public till September 9.
In Mysuru, State Sugarcane Growers Association president Kuruburu Shanthakumar and others farmers staged a protest on the Mysuru- Nanjangud highway which paralysed the traffic for a few hours. Mysuru Bar Association has extended its support to farmers and suspended the court sessions on Tuesday. Members of the Mysuru Bar association formed a human chain in front of court premises and extended their support towards protest called by various farmers association.
Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike expressed their anger against Supreme Court’s directive and raised slogans Jayalalitaa. Various other pro-Kannada organisations staged protest in front of Command Area Development Authority (CADA) office and demanded the authorities to take necessary action to solve the issue.