Pro-Tamil outfits’ members from the Naam Tamizhar Katchi, Tamizhaga Vazhvuirmai Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (TPDK) and Tamil Nationalist Movement vandalised Karnataka-registered vehicles and Karnataka-based commercial establishments in different places in Tamil Nadu on Monday.
Miscreants attacked five tourist vehicles bearing Karnataka registration numbers in Rameswaram. The attackers had broken window panes of the New Woodlands Hotel in Chennai. According to the police, a message was placed on the hotel’s glass panes, which said: “If Tamils are attacked in Karnataka, Kannadigas here will also be attacked. Beware.”
Four persons, claimed to be belonging to TPDK, have been detained in connection with a restaurant attack while 25 were taken into custody in Puducherry, police said.
Vegetable prices have seen a surge in Chennai markets since the supply from Karnataka has been blocked. Students of Government Law College in Vellore boycotted classes over the Cauvery dispute. Buses from Erode, Tirupur and Coimbatore to Karnataka remained suspended for the eighth straight day.
According to a senior police officer, the trigger for the latest violence was the attack on a Tamil engineering student in Bengaluru by a group for allegedly posting derogatory remarks on social media against the participation of Kannada film actors in protests over the water dispute.
“That incident was the trigger because the assailants had shot a video of the Tamil boy being beaten, which went viral on the Internet and was used by several local Tamil channels,” said the officer.
One person died and another received injuries after police opened fire on protesters in Bengaluru when widespread violence broke out in the city. Hundreds of Tamil Nadu-registered vehicles were burnt in various places in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru and around on Monday evening.