Those defying law will be dealt with firmly, warns Siddaramaiah

8:48 PM, Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

SiddaramaiahBengaluru: An uneasy calm prevailed in Bengaluru on Tuesday, with parts of the city still under curfew and heavy security cover. No major incidents of violence were reported and Metro rail services continued to be suspended. The Cabinet decided to abide by the Supreme Court direction and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said those defying law will be dealt with firmly.

One person died on Tuesday of the injuries he sustained during Monday’s violence. On Monday, one person died and four were injured in a police firing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a statement, appealed for peace, saying: “Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue. This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative. The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation’s property.”

An additional 700 riot control police personnel were rushed to Karnataka to tackle the situation arising out of the protests in the State.

The Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been sent to the violence-prone areas of Karnataka to assist the local administration to ensure peace, official sources said.

On Monday, mobs set vehicles ablaze and attacked businesses with Tamil names after the Supreme Court ordered that the Cauvery water continue to flow to Tamil Nadu.

Police opened fire at Rajagopal Nagar in Bengaluru, when a mob tried to torch a vehicle. Curfew was imposed in seven police station limits of the city. Around noon, soon after the court declined to accept Karnataka’s appeal to freeze its September 5 order on release of water, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, burning vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration numbers. The violence virtually paralysed the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in parts of Bengaluru and Mysuru, areas around four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin, and Pandavapura in Mandya district. The violence prompted many schools to declare a holiday. Metro services stopped a little past 12:30 p.m., and other public transport was curtailed.

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