First it was anger and second time it was arson and today as the Supreme Court is expected to give its ruling on the Cauvery water dispute, no visible anger or anguish is visible in the IT capital of India on Tuesday.
With many culprits arrested and put behind bars already, the impact of SC verdict is likely to be minimum whether it is postive or negative. Schools are open as usual and school buses and BMTC buses are seen on roads running as usual.
Bangalore city police have deployed maximum RAF men in uniforms who are seen at every corner of Bangalore already. City police commissioner NS Megharikh held a meeting yesterday and interacted with control room in managing the situation. The Twitter-friendly Bangalore Police Commissioner, with 7 lakh followers, is known for controlling and disseminating info on Twitter quickly and putting off rumour-mongerers.
Besides 40 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons, six Rapid Action Force squads, three companies of the Seema Suraksha Dal, three Border Security Force platoons and one company each of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police are deployed in the city already.
More than 15,000 civil police, 2,000 Home Guards are keeping vigil on the roads since 6 AM and 2 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) vehicles, 250 Hoysalas and 400 Cheetah bikes are seen patrolling the city. A blanket ban on sale of liquor in bars, wine shops and pubs across the city from 6am today to 1 am tomorrow is in force. Only star hotels, military canteens and clubs are exempted.
The most sensitive district Mandya is under Section 144, especially at the Sanjay circle. In Mysuru, authorities are on alert in the wake of expected protests of pro-Kannada activists and farmers, said Mysuru SP Ravi Channanavar, who is camping at Kabini dam in HD Kote. In sensitive Pandavapura taluk, many farmers have vacated their houses or fled from the scene fearing pre-emptive police arrest, said some activists.