Mandya erupts in protest against release of water

Mandya erupts in protest against release of water

Protests erupted across the district Wednesday evening, following the direction by the Supreme Court to Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The Bangalore-Mysore highway was blocked in Mandya, Gejjalagere and Srirangapatna in protest against the release of water.

The protesters said that the order was unscientific and that the State government should not release water.

Laying siege to dam

The District Raitha Hitharakshana Samithi has decided to lay a siege to the Krishnarajasagar (KRS) dam on December 6 (Thursday), in protest against the order, said Samithi president G Madegowda.

Releasing water in the present situation would put the farmers of the district in a quandary, he said.

He said that a resolution should be passed at the ongoing session of the legislature in Belgaum against releasing water.

Farmers would keep vigil at the KRS reservoir to ensure that water is not released, Madegowda said and asked one person from each family to participate in the agitation near the reservoir.

Holiday for schools

Deputy Commissioner B N Krishnaiah has announced that schools and colleges in the district will remain closed on December 6 and 7 as a precautionary measure.

Prohibitory orders have been clamped within a radius of one kilometre of the KRS dam till December 10.

Entry of visitors to the Brindavan Gardens has been banned till further orders.

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