Violent water protest leads to curfew
A CURFEW was imposed on the Indian tech hub of Bangalore yesterday after a protester was killed overnight during violence over a long-running water dispute with a neighbouring state.
Thousands of police and paramilitary officers were deployed on the largely deserted streets of the southern city after stone-pelting mobs went on the rampage setting buses and cars ablaze.
“One person died when the police fired to disperse a mob attempting to torch a patrolling police vehicle after ransacking a provisions shop in the city’s north,” said TR Suresh, deputy commissioner for Bangalore.
Police arrested some 200 protesters in a bid to quell the violence, which forced shops, businesses and schools to close.
“We have imposed a curfew for three days from early [September 13 in the city’s northwest, southwest, northeast and central areas to maintain peace and prevent untoward incidents during the festival week,” Bangalore police commissioner NS Megharikh said, referring to the Muslim holiday of Eid.
The violence erupted over a Supreme Court order for Karnataka state, of which Bangalore is the capital, to release water from a river to ease a shortage in Tamil Nadu until later this month.
India suffers severe water shortages that cause frequent tensions
between states, and the row over the Cauvery river stretches back decades.
Bangalore is home to Indian IT companies as well as offices of international tech giants such as Microsoft and Dell. –
Pro-Karnataka activists shout slogans and burn an effigy of Tamil Nadu chief mini dispute takes a violent turn following the Supreme Court’s decision in Bangalore
ster J Jayalalithaa as the Cauvery water on September 12.