The row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over Cauvery waters has escalated setting Bengaluru on fire. According to media reports, miscreants targeted shops belonging to Tamilians and vehicles having Tamil Nadu-registered numbers and set these on fire in Bengaluru. The metro services in the city too were suspended, with schools and colleges closed temporarily. Karnataka has suspended the movement of its buses to Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile in Chennai, a hotel owned by a Karnataka company was vandalised by a fringe group. The attackers broke window panes of the New Woodlands hotel in Chennai. Five tourist vehicles from Karnataka, including two buses, were vandalised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
The Supreme Court in its latest ruling on the tricky water issue has modified its September 5 order and asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs instead of 15,000 cusecs Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 20.
The apex court also expressed anguish over the “tone and tenor” of Karnataka’s plea and said law and order problem cannot be grounds for not complying with its order. The direction came after the Karnataka government had, in its plea, earlier requested for an urgent hearing over the dispute that has put relations between two states on the boil.
Heavy security is in place in both the states. There is widespread protests going on in both the states. Some state leaders in Karnataka have appealed for calm from people in both the states.