Cauvery dispute: Prohibitory orders imposed in India's Silicon Valley after violence breaks out

The two states -- Karnataka & Tamil Nadu -- have been fighting for decades over sharing of the Cauvery river waters. This bout of violence was brought about after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water by September 16 Photograph:( AFP )

Bengaluru, India Sep 12, 2016, 12.47 PM (IST)

Prohibitory orders have been imposed in India's southern city of Bengaluru after violence broke out over the Cauvery water-sharing dispute.

Karnataka home minister G Parameshwara said section 144 -- outlawing the assembly of more than 10 people -- had been imposed in Bengaluru city, Pandavapura town and four dam sites, The Hindu reports. 

The southern Indian states of Karnataka -- of which Bengaluru is the capital -- and Tamil Nadu have been embroiled in a decades-long battle over the sharing of the waters of the Cauvery river. 

At least 30 Tamil Nadu-registered vehicles were attacked in Karnataka, with stones pelted at them. Some vehicles were also set on fire.

The violence erupted hours after India's top court ordered Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, modifying an earlier directive that the state release 15,000 cusecs by September 16.

Around 200 people involved in the protests have been detained, the Indian Express quoted the Karnataka home minister as saying. 

Some 15,000 policemen have been deployed in Bengaluru in the wake of the violence.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has also called for an emergency meeting to discuss ways to allay tensions in the state.

He also wrote a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart, informing her that he is "firmly committed to maintaining law and order in the state".

And he chastised the protesters. "For both states to live in peace, such incidents should not occur," he said.

Earlier today in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, a few men attacked a hotel owned by a man from Karnataka.

The dispute, which dates back to the 20th century, stems from Karnataka's refusal to share Cauvery river waters with Tamil Nadu. Karnataka insists the water-sharing agreement is skewed heavily in favour of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, says it has 3,000,000 acres of land that are dependent on the release of Cauvery waters.

(WION with inputs from agencies)