Cauvery verdict: Security tightened in Bengaluru

Security has been tightened in Bengaluru as the supreme court is likely to pronounce tomorrow its verdict on the decades-old Cauvery water dispute.

Published: 15th February 2018 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2018 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

EPS file image of river Cauvery

By Express News Service

BENGALURU:With the Supreme court expected to deliver its verdict on the Cauvery water sharing dispute on Friday, the police in the Cauvery basin and in the state capital have beefed up security. The verdict is expected to be out by afternoon.

Senior police officials say security plans have already been chalked out. More number of police personnel will be deployed in areas where there is a Tamil population. On Thursday, IGP (Southern range) Vipul Kumar held meetings with Mysuru Superintendent of Police Ravi D Channannanavar and Mandya SP G Radhika about the security arrangements in place.  Bengaluru Tamil Sangam president T G Damodharan has written letter to the governor, chief minister, Home minister, DG&IGP and city police commissioner to provide security to Tamilians living in the city and across the state.

Additional General of Police (law and order) Kamal Pant, who is in Mysuru to monitor the security arrangements in the Cauvery basin, said a high alert has been announced in Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu, Ramanagara,  Bengaluru Rural districts and in Bengaluru city.  The Mandya district police have stepped up security around KRS reservoir.

Security in Bengaluru

Additional policemen have been deployed in areas where there is a Tamil population.  City police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said, 15,000 police personnel, 70 platoons of KSRP and 30 platoons of City Armed Reserve will be deployed. The divisional DCPs already have been instructed to take anti-social elements into preventive custody.  Many IT employees were anxious about Friday’s development. An IT employee said his office has asked him to work from home. Till Thursday evening, many firms held meetings to decide whether to work or not. Some companies have asked the employees to reach office early and to leave late (or according to the situation).

Cauvery ripples at cabinet TOO

Bengaluru: The Supreme Court judgment on the Cauvery issue dominated the proceedings at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday. Sensing serious repercussions if the verdict proves to be adverse to Karnataka’s interests, Siddaramaiah summoned DG&IGP Neelamani Raju to the cabinet meeting and discussed at length the security arrangements made in sensitive areas of the state to ensure no untoward incidents after pronoun cement of the judgment.

The dispute over the Cauvery water sharing has been dragging on for many decades since the river was not only a source of drinking water, but also used for agricultural purposes. Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry are also lower riparian States involved
 in this dispute.

10.30 am
on Friday is when the Supreme Court is likely to take up the case. Around the same time, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah will be presenting his govt’s last budget


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