Cauvery water issue raises its head again

 Even as various organisations staged protest demonstrations across the district on Tuesday, following the state government agreeing before the Supreme Court to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, the Cauvery Hitharakshana Samithi has convened a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of letting water now.

The Bangalore-Mysore highway was blocked at Maddur, Mandya, K Shettalli and Srirangapatna for sometime while JD(S) members — led by MLA C S Puttaraju and president D Ramesh — formed a human chain at KR Circle near the bus stand at the district headquarters here and staged a rasta roko.

Kannada organisations and students of PES Degree College also staged protest demonstrations.

Urulu seve

JD(S) members — led by MLA A B Ramesh Babu — protested the state government’s decision in Srirangapatna. Madivala Machidevara Sangha members performed ‘Urulu Seva’ to register their protest.

In Maddur, APMC Traders and Hamalis Association and members of BSR Congress staged protests. Members of JD(S) and Kannada organisations protested in Pandavapura. Protests were held at K R Pet taluk also.

The meeting of the Cauvery Hitharakshana Samithi — led by ex-MP G Madegowda — will be held on Wednesday at 10.30 am to chalk out the future course of action, said secretary N Raju.

After holding a meeting with the activists, leader of Raitha Sangha K S Puttaniah urged the government to maintain status quo of water flowing from Kabini and not let any additional water.

Security beefed up

Security has been beefed up at KRS Dam in Srirangapatna taluk, police personnel have been deputed at the main entrance and at all vantage points.
The road on the dam has been blocked.

Apart from 14 battalions of reserve police in the district, additional force have been deputed from neighbouring districts, said additional superintendent of police A N Rajanna.
Security has been beefed up along the Bangalore-Mysore highway and at all taluk centres.

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