Bangalore: 11.40 am: Four Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs and one MP from Mandya send resignations to party leader HD Kumaraswamy in protest against release of water.
11.34 am: HD Kumaraswamy says JD(S) President HD Devegowda will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the matter. "He will request him to reconsider his order," says Kumaraswamy. He adds that although the SC order has to obeyed, "Karnataka can't release water for a long time. The Centre should send a team to study the situation".
The farmer protests in Karnataka against the release of water from the Cauvery to Tamil Nadu have not died down. On Monday, farmer groups blocked the Bangalore-Mysore national highway in protest against the Supreme Court order to release 9,000 cusecs of water from the river to the neighbouring state daily till October 15. Several trains connecting Bangalore and Mysore were also hit.
To ensure security, the government deployed three Rapid Action Force (RAF) companies in Bangalore. On Sunday, as Karnataka released 9,000 cusecs of water, protests erupted across the state, especially in Mandya district. As the water release began, the farmers blocked the Bangalore-Mysore highway near Gejjalagere and more than 50 people including JD(S) MLA, CS Puttaraju were arrested.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) suspended bus services apprehending violence. Police stepped up tight security in various parts of the district, that is the epicentre of protests against release of water.
On Friday, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Karnataka Government for failing to comply with the PM-headed Cauvery River Authority's (CRA) directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from September 20 to October 15 and warned that it would have to pass appropriate orders if Karnataka did not fall in line.
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