The ongoing Cauvery river water-sharing row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka turned deadly on Monday evening when one person was killed and another injured in police firing in Bengaluru, ‘The Hindu’ has reported.
According to the report, the police opened fire when a mob tried to attack a patrol vehicle at Hegganahalli in Rajagopal Nagar. Curfew has been imposed on some parts of the area.
The government had imposed restriction under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in Bengaluru amid escalating violence over the water-sharing dispute between the two states.
The protests followed the Supreme Court’s direction to Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water from the Cauvery river every day to Tamil Nadu till September 20. The apex court later turned it to 12,ooo cusecs. Protesting against the decision, protests erupted on the streets of Karnataka that soon turned violent. Protesters set vehicles on fire and vandalised public property, belonging particularly to Tamilians, paralysing normal life in Bengaluru.
According to NDTV, angry mobs set more than 20 buses on fire at Bengaluru’s KPN Bus depot.