Mandya: Tension prevailed for sometime on Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway as hundreds of farmers tried to enter the Expressway – on Tuesday near Induvalu village in Mandya district – to protest against the State government’s decision to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
Sensing the gravity of the situation, the police swung into action and arrested the farmers including Induvalu farmers leaders Chandrashekhar, Manjesh Gowda, S C Prakash, Bannur Narayana and others. The protest was being held under the aegis of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha.
Farmers from various parts of Mandya district went in a procession from Induvalu School to the Expressway raising slogans against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar and District In-charge Minister N Chaluvarayaswami. They also came down heavily on Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh for not raising the issue in the Parliament. They wondered whether the MP and BJP leaders were misguiding the people by staging a protest against the government instead of raising the issue with their party at the Centre.
The protesters also ridiculed the State government for releasing water to Tamil Nadu without understanding the ground realities in Cauvery catchment areas.
As the protesters entered the Expressway traffic was thrown out of gear. Traffic was halted for over an hour forcing the police to act. Since the farmers were in more number, they could overpower the police. To bring situation under control, the police resorted to cane the farmers.