Cauvery water dispute: Daylong shutdown in India's Tamil Nadu, opposition leaders detained

Tamil Nadu state-run buses besides, trains are operational but auto rickshaws, taxis and commercial freight operators remained off the roads. (Representative Image) Photograph:( AFP )

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Sep 16, 2016, 08.20 AM (IST)
The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is observing a day-long shutdown over Cauvery dispute days after country's tech hub, Bengaluru, boiled over the water row and witnessed one killing during police firing.   

The bandh is being supported by farmers' body, Tamil Nadu All Farmers' Federations and a traders' collective, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaippu, along with opposition parties: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TMCC), MDMK (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi), CPI(M), and CPI, Indian news agency PTI reported. 

According to media reports, top opposition leaders, MK Stalin and Kanimozhi of the DMK, and MDMK chief Vaiko were detained today. 
    Thousands of police personnel have been deployed to curb violence as calls for "rail and road roko" (halt the rail and road services) were made. 

Police said peace will not be disrupted and any attempt to curb rail or road movement will not be allowed.
 
State-run buses besides, trains are operational but auto rickshaws, taxis and commercial freight operators remained off the roads. Local stores also remained shut, according to authorities. 

The aim of the protest is to get a final solution to the Cauvery dispute. Violence erupted in Karnataka after the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 12,000 cusecs of water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

According to protesters, Tamils residing in Karnataka were targeted, while Tamil Nadu registered cars were set ablaze.

It's also pertinent to mention that in Tamil Nadu, a 24-year-old man immolated himself at a rally for 'retrieving Tamil Nadu's rights in Cauvery,' and received 93 per cent burns with slim chances of survival.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 
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