The Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangam Federation, a traders’ body announced a shutdown of shops in the State on September 16 to condemn the violence unleashed on Tamils and their properties in Bengaluru and Mysore. The call is also to claim Tamil Nadu’s rights over Cauvery water.
“Around 21 lakh shops will remain closed on the day. Besides, 11 lakh goods lorries and 55,000 sand-lorries will not ply to condemn the violent protests threatening Tamils and their properties in Karnataka.” said Federation president A.M. Vikramaraja.
Farmers’ outfits belonging to the delta districts — Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam — have formed a body called ‘Cauvery Struggle Committee’, which will jointly take part in the bandh that will include road blockade agitations. Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners Federation and Tamil Nadu Tea Shop Owners’ Association have offered solidarity to the bandh.
One of the major political party in the state DMDK will stage protest on Friday to condemn the violence against the Tamils by Kannada chauvinists in Karnataka, said the party President Vijayakant. Many members of the film fraternity have shown solidarity to the protest. Many more organisations also expected to join.
Tamil Nadu went on a high-alert mode on last couple of days following the riots and arson in Bengaluru over the Cauvery water dispute. Police beefed-up security for Kannadiga-owned businesses in Tamil Nadu. Apart from a few minor incidents, there was complete normalcy in the State for last two days.
Those who indulged in stone pelting incidents were taken into custody. Karnataka released more water to Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery basin as per the Supreme Court order. Widespread violence occurred in Bengaluru and Mysore against Tamil Nadu based vehicles on the back drop of this order. Travel by road between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu became a problem for last couple of days. But all rail passengers continued to travel. The two days curfew at many places in Bangalore has been lifted today.