Protesting farmers disrupt screening of Tamil film

Protesting farmers disrupt screening of Tamil film

MYSURU: Screening of Tamil film ‘Bhayam Oru Payanam’ was disrupted at a cinema hall here on Tuesday during a protest organised by State Sugarcane Growers Association and other pro-Kannada forums against Tamil Nadu’s stand on Cauvery water release.

The protesters who barged into Padma theatre in Agrahara stopped the movie’s screening midway. Sensing trouble, the audience ran out of the theatre.  The protesters then tore down the film posters and burnt them.

Earlier, hundreds of protesters, many bare chest, took part in a march from Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple to Command Area Development Authority (CADA) shouting slogans against Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments.

The police thwarted their efforts to lay siege to CADA office. Farmer leader Kurubur Shanthakumar said the state government appears to have taken the concerns of the farmers lightly and it is evident by its decision to stop water for crops after August 30. The farmers in Cauvery basin will be in deep trouble as they have completed sowing, he said.

TN farmers protest

Thanjavur: Thousands of farmers in Cauvery delta districts in Tamil Nadu picketed road and rail traffic at various places, demanding that Karnataka release water from its dams for long-term samba paddy crop.

Police said the protesters were detained and were likely to be let off later in the day.

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