Rail Roko attempts foiled in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya

Kannada activists stage a Rail Roko protest over Cauvery dispute in Kolar on Thursday.
Kannada activists stage a Rail Roko protest over Cauvery dispute in Kolar on Thursday.

Bengaluru: Railway services were barely affected as the police foiled attempts to enforce a Statewide call to block trains on Thursday as a part of the protest against the Supreme Court’s order to State on releasing water to Tamil Nadu. The call for a ‘rail roko’ given by the Kannada Okkoota against the discharge of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu evoked poor response in the district on Thursday.

Security had been tightened at all railway stations in anticipation of protests.

In Bengaluru, activists, including Vatal Nagaraj and Sa. Ra. Govind, were detained as they attempted to barge into Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru city) Railway Station. Similarly, protests were foiled in Mandya and Mysuru.

In Kolar, protesters belonging to various Kannada outfits managed to stop the Kolar–Bangapet train for a few minutes before they were detained.

The protesters demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene in the matter and avoid “injustice” being meted out to farmers of Karnataka.

Members of several Kannada organisations in the district had said that they would stop the movement of trains between Bengaluru and Mysuru.

“Anticipating massive demonstrations, we had deployed security personnel at all railway stations across the district,” a senior police officer said. However, only a few persons participated in a demonstration that held outside the railway stations.

Members of ‘Kadamba Sainya’ staged a demonstration outside the railway station here to urge the State government to stop releasing water to the neighbouring State.

The police arrested five agitators, when they attempted to enter the railway station stage a rail roko agitation. The arrested agitators were released later, the officer said.

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