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Bride From Karnataka Walks To Her Wedding In Tamil Nadu As PM Appeals For Calm

An additional 700 riot control police personnel have been rushed to Karnataka.

13/09/2016 3:52 PM IST | Updated 13/09/2016 4:30 PM IST
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A truck from neighbouring Tamil Nadu burns after it was set alight by agitated pro-Karnataka activists in Bangalore on September 12, 2016.

A bride in Bengaluru was forced to walk several kilometres in her wedding attire because public transport was hit by the ongoing protests over the Cauvery water issue in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, NDTV reported.

Twenty-five-year-old R Prema, who is marrying a man from Tamil Nadu, walked a part of the way to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, according to the report.

"We are missing a lot of joy, sir...the day has become unforgettable," she told the channel.

One person was killed and another injured in police firing in the country's IT capital yesterday after sudden eruption of widespread violence, escalating tensions between the two states, now locked in a bitter tussle over release of Cauvery water.

As the orgy of violence targeting Tamil Nadu buses and lorries and other vehicles brought the city on the edge, night curfew was imposed in 16 police station limits late last night and the entire city is under prohibitory orders till September 14.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm between the two warring states, through a series of tweets from his official handle.

"I am personally pained at the developments," Modi said.

An additional 700 riot control police personnel have been rushed to Karnataka to tackle the situation arising out of the protests over Cauvery river water sharing.

The Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been sent to the violence-prone areas of Karnataka to assist the local administration to ensure peace, official sources said.

With this, a total of 1,700 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in violence-hit areas of Karnataka for maintaining law and order.

An uneasy calm prevailed in Bengaluru today after outbreak of violence over the issue of sharing Cauvery River water with Tamil Nadu, as Karnataka's Siddaramaiah government warned of "stringent" action against vandalism or attempts to disturb peace.

Yesterday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and assured them all central assistance in handling the law and order situation in the two states which have been hit by violence over Cauvery dispute.

"There is pain among Kannadigas that Karnataka has been facing repeated injustice over Cauvery river water sharing issue. We are emotional on the issue of land, water and language, but we should not forget that humanity and human relationship within us is above all this," Siddaramaiah said.

Holding that attack on Kannadigas and their properties in Tamil Nadu is "condemnable", he said, "At this time of difficulty we should not allow anger to take over.

"People of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should cooperate in maintaining law and order in both states. I would also warn strict action against any one indulging in any kind of vandalism or disturbing peace," he said. (With PTI inputs)

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