Supreme Court tweaks its Order on Monday reducing water to be released by Karnataka from 15,000 to 12,000 but increasing the number of day, which effectively means 30,000 more cusecs of water than last Thursday’s verdict. Soon the news spreads like a fireball with pro-Kannada activists taking to streets, burning more than 10 vehicles, damaging TN-bound buses and attacking shops and forcing them to close immediately in protest.
Violence was reported in all main areas of Bangalore such as Mysore Road, Indira Nagar, Rajaji Nagar, Okalipuram, Nayandahalli, Timber layout, Hosur Road, Silk Board, Electronic City, Malleswaram, Shantinagar and HSR Layout. Even districts of Mysuru, Mandya, Chitradurga, Ramnagar and to some extent in Hubli. All pro-Kannada activists have called for a bandh on September 15.
Bangalore Police, which initially said there was no Section 144 imposed in the city later said it was imposed and prohibitory measures have been put in force. Around 15,000 police force has been deployed in the city but sporadic incidents of burning vehicles and blocking roads plagued the city which did not expect the sudden turn of events on Monday. State Home Minister said 182 companies of state and central reserve police have been rushed to cap violence in Bangalore and the state.
Many schools which are open after three days of holidays were seen rushing school children into buses so they could be sent home safely. Many parents who had gone to offices as usual had rushed home or to schools to pick their wards in view of violent scenes being shown on TV channels. The students seen in uniforms are seen returning home early on the streets with police present on all major roads.
Social media which has flared up sentiments was seen clearly divided over pro-Kannada activists and Pro-Tamil remarks and one student was allegedly bashed up on a street for airing his views mocking some Kannada movie stars. Later police have issued an appeal not to spread rumours on social media.