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Cauvery Issue: Normalcy returns to Karnataka

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Bangalore: After a week-long violent protest over Supreme Court’s direction to Karnataka to share waters of Cauvery River with neighbouring state Tamil Nadu,  calm prevailed in the state as normal life was restored on Tuesday evening, according to reports.

The protest witnessed two deaths while many were injured. The protesters had resorted to arson and destruction of government property.

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The state government announced that schools and colleges would operate normally from Wednesday as would various transport services, facilities which took a toll owing to the recent unrest.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday had urged the Prime Minister to talk to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on the Cauvery dispute verdict that led to spiralling violence.

He said though the Supreme Court order directing to release water to Tamil Nadu is a difficult one, “but we’ll still follow the Supreme Court order.”

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He urged people to not take law in their hands.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier said the violence is distressful and urged the people to calm down and find a solution through restrained and mutual dialogue.

The Supreme Court had modified its last week’s order, asking the Karnataka Government to release to Tamil Nadu 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery water-  3,000 cusecs less than what was directed earlier.

Karnataka had made a plea with the court to suspend its order to release 15,000 cusecs of water.

-India Blooms News Service

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