Bengaluru calm after Monday blues; Rajnath assures Centre’s support

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Bengaluru, Sep 13, 2016: After IT-capital of India Bengaluru witnessed violence and torching on the streets with curfew and shoot-at-sight orders, Uneasy calm prevailed on Tuesday, where one person died after police opened fire on Monday night and curfew is in force in 16 sensitive localities after angry protests turned violent in southern Karnataka over releasing more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.

“We have, however, relaxed curfew in many areas for Muslims to offer prayers on Eid at mosques and in open grounds,” a police official told media here.

Earlier, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah wrote a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, asking her to cooperate in maintaining peace and calm in both the states in the wake of the recent attacks on state vehicles and a hotel, which is run by a native of Karnataka, in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, media reported that Siddaramaiah has already spoken to Jayalalithaa. However, no details are available on that as of yet.

Siddaramaiah also appealed to the Centre and PM Modi to intervene. There were reports that Centre is likely to mediate between the states to help resolve the matter. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Siddaramaiah and was apprised of the situation. He has assured Centre’s full assistance to both the states.

Though schools, colleges, government and private offices and banks have holiday for Eid fest, several IT firms and back offices, which are working, advised their employees to work from homes in view of the simmering tension across the city.

A Rapid Action Force platoon staged a flag-march in the city’s north-west suburb to instil confidence in the people that the situation is under control.

Though police initially resorted to caning and lobbing tear gas shells to prevent the enraged mob of about 50 people from turning violent, 12 rounds were fired by a platoon of the Karnataka State Reserved Police to disperse it from the troubled spot.

Onam festival for Malayalis on Wednesday and immersion of idols of Hindu god Ganesha on the 10th day of the festival falls on Thursday.

“We have also issued a ban order under section 144 of the CrPC across the city to prevent assembling of more than five persons in public places and populated areas and maintain law and order,” asserted Megharikh.

Wefornews Bureau

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