One killed in police firing as India's Silicon Valley boils over Cauvery water row

Riot took police to the streets, and public gatherings were banned in a bid to rein in the unrest, while police said the local metro network had been temporarily suspended. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Sep 12, 2016, 07.38 PM (IST)
Ten units of Rapid Action Forces (RAF) have been deployed in southern Karnataka as the state continues to boil over Cauvery river water row with neighbouring Tamil Nadu. 

Night curfew was imposed in 16 police station limits in India's Silicon Valley, Karnataka's Bengaluru city, on Monday after one person was killed in police firing amid protests, Indian daily DNA reported today.

Fifteen policemen were wounded after protesters set cars and buses on fire and pelted people with stones, L Chandrashekar, a senior police officer, told Reuters. Public gatherings were banned in a bid to rein in the unrest.

Karnataka chief minister Siddharamaiah has appealed to maintain calm and has called for a cabinet meeting at 11 am (Indian Standard Unit) to review the situation. 

Police on Monday also said the local metro network had been temporarily suspended in view of the outbreak of violence. 

It is pertinent to mention that the violence erupted after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 12,000 cubic feet of water per second per day from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu until September 20.

"Rapid Action Force Teams have been deployed all over the city," Bengaluru city police said on Twitter on Monday. "We urge to all Bengalurians...Stay calm and not to panic."

The police said later they had also imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits gatherings in public areas.

Rioters set ablaze at least 35 buses at a depot in Bengaluru while trucks were attacked in Mandya, Mysore, Chitradurga and Dharwad districts, local reports said.

Police said more than 15,000 officers had been deployed to keep the peace including riot police and border security forces.

Media reported a small number of attacks on Tamil-owned property in Karnataka, while Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Twitter that he had asked his Tamil Nadu counterpart, J Jayalalithaa, to investigate reports of violence in Tamil Nadu against people originally from his state.

Disputes over water resources are common in India, where rising demand and poor management of supplies often lead to angry protests

(WION with inputs from Reuters)