Bangalore: 1.54 pm: Cauvery protesters enter Wipro office in Mysore. They ask the staff to stop work in view of Saturday's bandh. A few of them try to ransack the office.
1.31 pm: BJP leader V Dhananjaykumar, a BSY loyalist, slams CM Jagadish Shettar for his 'failure' to protect the state's interests.
1.26 pm: President of Cauvery Hitharakshana Samiti, G Madegowda, who continued his relay fast for the third day today, demands resignation of Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar for "not living up to his assurances". "The Chief Minister who had assured us that water will not be released to Tamil Nadu, acted swiftly on the Supreme Court direction to release water to the neighbouring state, neglecting the interest of the farmers of Cauvery basin", he says.
12.58 pm: Prominent Kannada film actors stage dharna at the film chamber offices. The first family of the Kannada film industry too lends its support, with Puneet Rajkumar and his two brothers, Shivarajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar joining the dharna.
12.37 pm: A report from Mandya says some farmers, who staged a protest by standing on the banks of the Cauvery river, were taken into preventive custody. Farmers belonging to the Cauvery Hitharakshana Samiti, an organisation spearheading the stir, continue their relay fast while some protesters burn tyres in Mandya city.
12.30 pm: With the Kannada film industry supporting the bandh, cinema houses remain closed. Cable TV operators have also joined the stir and barring news, they are not beaming any entertainment programmes.
11.00 am: Minor incidents of stone-pelting reported in Bangalore city. Some persons pelted stones on some Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses and damaged its window panes, said police.
10.30 am The state wears a deserted look. Brigade Road, one of Bangalore's busiest shopping places, is shut.
9.03 am: Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa says, "The Prime Minister has taken all decisions by sitting in Delhi. Now they have sent a team to Mandya. Couldn't they have done this before and taken the decision? There is no water and they have no idea of the ground realities. SM Krishna is in Delhi. Why is he not doing anything? The PM wants to save his government. That's why all favourable decisions are made in favour of Jayalalitha."
8.49 am: Bandh paralyses Karnataka. Autos, taxis, buses, lorries remain off the roads in Bangalore and in the rest of the state. There will be no home delivery of LPG cylinders today. Gas stations and petrol pumps will remain shut. Schools and colleges are closed.
Traders associations join the strike. Shops, theatres and malls will remain shut. Nearly 20,000 police personnel, 25 platoons of Karnataka Reserve Police Force have been deployed in Bangalore.
However, hospitals and other essential services to remain unaffected. This will be former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa's second day of protests.
Karnataka on high alert
A 20,000-strong police force will be stationed in Bangalore as Karnataka observes a bandh in protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu on Saturday. Several Kannada outfits gave a call for a statewide bandh in protest against the Supreme Court's directive to the state government to release 9,000 cusecs of water daily from the river to their neighbouring state that is facing a severe water shortage due to a rainfall deficit.
Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is expected to join the bandh. Lashing out at the PM-headed tribunal, the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), formed to resolve the dispute over the sharing of water, Yeddyurappa said that its order to release water to Tamil Nadu was 'unpardonable'.
Yeddyurappa, who began a day-long dharna in protest against the CRA order on Friday, demanded that the Prime Minister withdraw the "diktat without delaying even for a moment". He stressed that the Prime Minister should have first sent a central team to the state to study the ground realities before issuing the order.
Even autorickshaw and taxi drivers are expected to join Saturday's bandh affecting the transport services across the state. Lawyers too are expected to boycott work. Security has been stepped up across the state paramilitary forces stationed in the Cauvery belt. Bangalore Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Suneel Kumar said that 40 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and personnel of the City Armed Reserve (CAR) would be positioned in senstive areas of the city.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Friday held a meeting with his two deputies, KS Eswarappa, R Ashok, and other officials on steps to be initiated in view of the bandh. Various organsiations and farmers outfits have also appealed to people to support the bandh.
(With additional information from PTI)