Violence over Cauvery Issue: Celebs urge people to maintain peace

A day after outbreak of violence over the issue of sharing Cauvery River water with Tamil Nadu, IT giants TCS, Infosys and Wipro as also e-commerce majors Flipkart and Amazon have made a decision to keep their offices shut in the city on Tuesday.

Most schools and colleges, however, declared a holiday for either Onam festival or as a precaution.

Situation at Mandya and Mysuru in the river basin remained under control amid peaceful protests by farmers, traders and youth against releasing water to the lower riparian state.

Violence was been reported from both the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka since the interim verdict on Cauvery was passed.

A M Vikramaraja, President, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangankalin Peramaippu (Federation of Tamil Nadu Traders' Association) claimed that Tamil traders, lorry and bus operators had incurred Rs 2,000 crore loss in the protest by Kannada groups, targeting commercial establishments, besides torching vehicles.

Incidents of looting and vandalism eased Tuesday in parts of India's information technology hub of Bangalore after authorities imposed a curfew amid widespread protests overnight over India's top court ordering the southern state of Karnataka to release water from a disputed river to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.

Prime Minister Modi's appeal came after Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu appealed for calm and peace in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Siddaramaiah said the Supreme Court order would be "very tough one to implement considering the ground realities in the state".

"Situation that has emerged in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, as a fallout of issue of distribution of waters of Cauvery River, is distressful".

Bangalore is home to several top Indian IT and multinational companies such as Infosys Ltd., Wipro Ltd and Samsung Electronics.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the petition of a Kanyakumari-based activist who has requested the apex court to direct Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to take strict action against those indulging in violence over the sharing of Cauvery water.

Bengaluru city police, bolstered by central forces, is keeping a tight vigil, particularly in areas inhabited by Tamils and other sensitive localities. "The governments should find a solution for the long-term benefit of the people of both the states".

The Chief Minister also made an appeal to the public to not take the law into their own hands and stop causing damage to public property.

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