Bangalore On Alert As Violence And Riots Erupt Over Cauvery Issue

Bangalore is witnessing severe public unrest today as hundreds of people protesting over the Cauvery Water issue have taken to the streets. After the state-imposed Bandh went without incident on Friday, today’s scenes have taken the city by surprise.

This video from a mob setting a vehicle on fire was shared by a user on Facebook.


Shops have been forced to shut down, and vehicles belonging to Tamil Nadu (bearing TN number plates) have been vandalised and set afire in some parts of the city.

“No Ola, Uber, Metro, Autos – Companies have already sent back their employees. Mayhem – In one word.”, said a witness. 

The situation got so serious by evening that the Bangalore police has imposed a section 144 situation in the city preventing any groups of 5 or more people to gather at a place. 

As of 9pm, the situation doesn’t seem to have eased much. As per an update,  30 buses belonging to TN have been set afire.

Unfortunately, an India today journalist has been attacked while covering the situation.

Update: As of 10pm, curfew has been imposed in the following areas of Bengaluru:

Rajgopal Nagar Kamakshipalya, Vijaynagar, Byatarayanpura, Kengeri. Magadi Rd, Rajajinagar,  RR Nagara, KP Agrahara Chandralayout, Yeshwanathapura, Mahalakshmilayout, Peenya, RMC Yard, Nandini Layout, Jnanabharathi Police Station limits.

As of 10pm, additionally security and para-military forces have been deployed at various points in the city. All shops, educational institutions and government offices to remain closed tomorrow until further notice. IT companies have declared offs or enabled the Work from home option.

Update: A bystander, identified as a 25 year old man, has been killed in a police firing.

A user generated map has been created on Google maps to indicate areas of unrest and protests.

The Cauvery river water issue has been a bone of contention between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for years now. The recent protests started after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to let 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water into Tamil Nadu every day for the next 10 days. Even though the SC modified the verdict to reduce the allowance to 12,000 cusecs, protestors from Karnataka contend that the allowance will hurt the poor and farmers due to an ongoing water crisis in the state.

The last time the city had witnessed an unrest of this magnitude was when the central govt. had announced a new policy to disallow withdrawing PF. The policy had since been repealed.