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Cauvery water dispute: Pro-Kannada activists go on a rampage

Mysore, Oct 3 (): Situation remained to be tense across Tamil Nadu border in Chamarajnagar that was affected by pro-Kannada activists who took an agitation by stopping vehicles that carried TN registration in the border areas protesting the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

People across the border area were put to great trouble as the vehicles they were traveling were trapped on either side of the border near the Punajanur check post that was connected to Coimbatore.

The activists in Mandya district went on a rampage blocking the roads and train services between Bangalore and Mysore, said sources. A number of train services were also disrupted due to the strike by the pro-Kannada activists. The activists who were said to be in more than two hundreds protested the release of the Cauvery water by sleeping on the railway track at Gejjalagere between Maddur and Channapatna.

Police took the agitators into custody including Sunanda Jayaram who led the protest.  Following the arrest of Jayaram, members associated to the Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti, protested in front of the Mandya Superintendent Police station demanding to release their leader.

The activists formed human chains in more than hundred places as part of their protest to bring the matter to the notice to the state government. Trains were stopped for more than three hours from morning 6:00 am.

The activists also set fire to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s effigy and also blocked the highway connecting Bangalore and Mysore for more than eight hours creating disturbance to the regular pedestrians and passing vehicles.

Police said the protesting pro-Kannada activists without announcing a bandh call went on a rampage all of a sudden threatening to close the shutters of hotels, theaters, shops and other commercial establishments in the district.

Following the violence 3,000 security personnel were deployed in the tense area. If necessary additional force will be called, said the police.