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.
Situation that has emerged in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, as a fallout of issue of distribution of waters of Cauvery River, is distressful: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
I am personally pained at the developments: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation's property: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
Whenever the country has faced adverse circumstances, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, just like people across the country (1/2)— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
have always handled the situation with sensitivity: PM @narendramodi (2/2)— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
I appeal to the people of the two States, to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
I trust you will keep national interest and nation building above all else (1/1)— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
and give priority to restraint, harmony, and finding a solution, eschewing violence, destruction and arson: PM @narendramodi (2/2)— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2016
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)