Cauvery row: RAF deployed; schools closed in Mandya
Authorities on Wednesday deployed Rapid Action Force at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir.
Mandya: District authorities on Wednesday deployed Rapid Action Force (RAF) at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in the wake of a threat by a farmers' body to lay siege to the dam to stop flow of water to Tamil Nadu. Prohibitory orders have been promulgated in the one-km radius of the KRS reservoir from where besides Kabini dam 9000 cusecs of water is being released since Sunday complying with the Supreme Court order. The Supreme Court had asked Karnataka to release water as per the September 19 directive of the Cauvery River Authority headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Thousands of farmers and activists of various organisations have poured into Mandya, the epicentre of the agitation against release of water to Tamil Nadu, to intensify the protest. Mandya Deputy Commissioner B N Krishnaiah ordered closure of schools and colleges across the district today as a precautionary measure, official sources said.
Superintendent of Police Koushalendra Kumar, who is camping at KRS dam, said security has been further beefed up. Road traffic between Mysore-Bangalore remained disrupted for the fifth consecutive day due to rasta roko by farmers.