Vi­o­lent wa­ter protest leads to cur­few

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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

Photo: AFP

ster J Jay­alalithaa as the Cau­very wa­ter on Septem­ber 12.

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