Tension prevailed at the Kabini reservoir on Wednesday when farmers and members of Hasiru Sena protested the release of 10,000 cusecs of water from the reservoir.
They stormed the dam site on Beechanahalli bridge facing the reservoir, forcing irrigation officials to reduce the outflow to 5,500 cusecs. The farmers also entered into a verbal duel with the police and irrigation officials.
Though the department has banned movement of public on the dam, the farmers, enraged that officials were not responding to their demand, sat on a dharna for more than two hours on the bridge.
As farmers started gathering in large numbers, the irrigation officials reduced the discharge to 7,500 cusecs from the two sluice gates of the reservoir....more
08:35 AM, Sep 13, 2012