On Friday, hours before statewide bandh called by pro-Kannada groups came into effect protesting the release of Cauvery water to TN. Authorities have made preventive arrests in the city and also other districts in the state, through the night of Thursday-Friday.
The city of Bengaluru will turn into the castle with an unusual deployment of local, state, central police forces across it.
They will include four companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and two companies of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) among the central police forces.
Besides police deployment made in Mysore, KRS Dam, Mandya, Kabini, police employees will be deployed on Friday in the city. Officials said that they expected trouble from anti-social elements in West Bengaluru Tamil speaking areas. The DG stated that his force will protect the Tamil dominated areas in the city as well as the state.
The DG has requested two KSRP platoons from Kerala, which will be disposed at the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border. Also, one state reserve police force from Andhra will be deployed in north Karnataka district because they are assuming that those who have involved in the Mahadayi protests will join with the Cauvery activists on Friday.
Can this varied defence win water case?
The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a strategy. It includes moving the Supreme Court on Monday through an alteration application against the summit court’s order. It ensures a flow of 15,000 cusecs of water for ten days to the neighbouring state. Another strategy would be to reply to the Cauvery Supervisory Committee when it is thinking to send an experts team. The team is to assess the ground situation.
“We are going to explain our situation and shortage of water to the Supreme Court. We will request the court to release 15, 000 cusecs of water for 15 days,” he added.
Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav has urged to dispatch an expert team to study the ground realities in the Cauvery basin following directions from the SC. He argued with the chairman of the Supervisory Committee, Union Ministry of Water Resources, to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to TN.
The state government had held an all-party meeting directed over by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, various stakeholders. They expressed their opinions in the meeting that the SC’s order would have been different if the report of experts on ground certainty in the Cauvery basin was available to the Supreme Court.