One person died and another received injuries after police opened fire on protesters in Bengaluru’s Rajgopalnagar area on Monday night.
Arson and vandalism were seen on the streets of Bengaluru and on a highway to Mysuru as anger boiled over on a Supreme Court order that meant that Karnataka would have to release more water from the river Cauvery to neighbour Tamil Nadu. Some 15,000 policemen have been posted across the IT city. Over 40 buses and lorries belonging to TN were attacked or burnt.
There was confusion over the imposition of Section 144 in the state. While news channels quoted the state DCP as saying that the section has been imposed, the Bengaluru police kept reiterating that it has not been imposed on its twitter account while asking people to stop spreading rumours.
Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code is a law against joining unlawful assembly of people armed with deadly weapons.
However, around 5.30 pm on Monday, the Bengaluru Police said that Section 144 has been clamped in Bengaluru as a preventive measure. It will remain in force till 14 September.
A woman television journalist and her cameraman were assaulted during violence that broke out in various parts of the city after the Supreme Court’s modified order directing Karnataka to release reduced quantum of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.
“My colleague, Rohini Swamy, and myself – we both were roughed up and beaten by those protesting against Supreme Court direction to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu,” India Today Cameraman Y Madhu told PTI here.