Cauvery row: 20 buses were set on fire in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Violent mobs burnt vehicles and vandalised shops across Bengaluru on Monday.  At KPN  bus depot, more than 20 buses were set on fire by protesters . More than 15,000 police personnel were deployed  to contain the violence that erupted after the Supreme Court rejected Karnataka’s plea to temporarily stop the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

US authorities issued an advisory to its nationals to avoid visiting the disturbed areas.  

Large number of policemen  and patrolling vehicles  fanned across the Tamil-majority areas in Bengaluru.

Section 144,  which restricts people to assemble in public areas was imposed in the city from 5pm. Authorities shut down many schools in the city, suspended the Bengaluru Metro services and stopped buses from plying into Tamil Nadu.

Assuring  all assistance to the state to maintain law and order, the Centre has rushed ten companies of  Rapid Action Force (RAF)comprising 1,000 personnel. Some of the contingents will also be deployed in Tamil Nadu.Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has called an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation. He also wrote to his Tamil Nadu counterpart, J Jayalalithaa, over attacks on Kannadiga people in Chennai and other cities, demanding strict action.

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