Cauvery row escalates; buses, trucks torched; Sec 144 imposed in Bluru

Cauvery row escalates; buses, trucks torched; Sec 144 imposed in Bluru

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-09-12 21:05 Bengaluru: Buses and trucks were set on fire and several shops were vandalised by agitators in Bengaluru and across state on Monday after the SC ruling on Cauvery and reports of Kannadigas being attacked in TN. Following the outbreak of violence, the state government has called for a emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday.More than 40 buses, 30 trucks and number of two-wheelers were set ablaze by agitators in Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Ramanagara, Chamarajanagar, and Hassan districts.Bengaluru city police commissioner imposed prohibitory order under section 144 of CrPC to prevent untoward incidents from 5 pm on Monday in the city.But that didn’t seem to have any effect on protestors as they went on a rampage at Timber Yard junction, Nayandahalli junction and satellite bus stand on Mysuru Road in Bengaluru.More than 30 buses of KPN Travels, stationed at the depot in Byataranyapura police station limits in Nayandahalli, were set on fire. KPN seems to have been targeted as the company is owned by a Tamilian based out of Salem. Two buses belonging to SRS travels were also set on fire in Timber Yard Layout.   C Basavanna, Fire Officer, Bengaluru East, said that fire tenders reached the spot after 7pm and doused the blaze which had engulfed around ten buses. Another 20 buses are still on fire, he said.Around 30 trucks were also set ablaze by agitators across the city including on Mysuru Road, NICE Road, Hosakerehalli, KR Puram, and surrounding areas.Two Adyar Anand Bhavan (A2B) hotels were vandalised in Domlur and Mysuru Road. Following the outbreak of arson, the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and city police resorted mild lathicharge on agitators at many places.A similar situation prevailed in Mandya district where two trucks, a bike, one car, one shop belongs to Tamil family in Pandavapura and one more truck at Gejjigere village in Maddur taluk were set on fire by miscreants.