Shutdown in Kartanaka against Cauvery water order

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Bengaluru, Sep 9, 2016: Pro-Kannada outfits on Friday called shutdown in the whole Karnataka, which is protesting the state government’s release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, based on a Supreme Court directive.

The day-long protest is being spearheaded by as many as 500 pro-Kannada organisations, which represent sections including farmers, traders and businesses. Security has been stepped up and more forces have been deployed across the state.

Government offices will remain open, but public transport, including metro services, will not ply. Banks, shops, markets, malls, hotels, bars, pubs, eateries, restaurant, theatres and petrol bunks will also remain closed during the day, officials said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appeals to farmers and pro-Kannada organizations to ensure peaceful protests on KarnatakaBandh day today.

Bowing to the apex court’s Monday order, the state began releasing 15,000 cusecs of water daily from early Wednesday from its reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and the youth in the Mysuru region.

Read More: Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu amidst protest

Wefornews Bureau

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