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KRRS, SP activists take to the streets in Mandya

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VENTING IRE: Activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha protesting against the verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, in Srirangapatna on Monday. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

MANDYA: Members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Samajawadi Party (SP) took to the streets in Mandya on Monday, in protest against the "injustice" done to the State by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

Traders on VV Road closed shops apprehending trouble.

Leaders of Cauvery Raitha Hitarakshna Samithi headed by G. Made Gowda, former MP, discussed the implication of the verdict.

Road blocked

Samajawadi Party activists led by the party's district unit president C.M. Dyavappa blocked the road near Budunur, about 7 km from Mandya town.

The police intervened and cleared the blockade. Activists of KRV set on fire tyres near Kallahalli in the outskirts of Mandya town.

Farmers conducted peaceful protests in Gejjalagere, Channegowdana Doddi, Shivapura, Pandavapura, KR Pet. They blocked the Bangalore-Mysore High-way near Maddur.

Farmers took to the streets in Srirangapatna and burnt placards.

More than 500 police personnel summoned from Kerala were briefed by Inspector General of Police R.P. Sharma, Superintendent of Police Murugan and Additional SP Bhagavandas at the District Armed Reserve Grounds in Mysore on Monday.

A flag march was taken out by the Rapid Action Force from the office of the Superintendent of Police.

Superintendent of Police, Mandya, B.S. Prakash told The Hindu that the police had detained over 25 KRV activists in Mandya and they had been released.

Mr. Sharma said in a release that 16 KRV and 10 KRRS activists had been detained while they were staging a "rasta roko" at Sanjay Circle in Mandya.

Over 40 people staged a token protest and dispersed at Maddur, Budhnur, Srirangapatna, Pandavapura, KR Pet AND Channegowdanadoddi.

`Rail roko'

KRV activists staged stopped the Shimoga-Mysore Train at Hassan Railway Station for about 10 minutes. They staged a black flag demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

Mr. Sharma said the situation in Mandya was by and large peaceful.

Security has been tightened in Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts.

As many as 1,000 police personnel and 7 platoons of KSRP and 9 platoons of DAR had been deployed in Hassan district as a precautionary measure.

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