Cauvery water row: Protesting farmer attempts suicide in Mandya, Karnataka

Bangalore: A farmer was rushed to the hospital after an attempted suicide in Karnataka’s Mandya on Wednesday. The farmer had tried to commit suicide by jumping into a canal.

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2:10 PM – 7 Sep 2016
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Farmers in the border district of Mandya have been agitating against the Supreme Court’s order to the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. On Tuesday evening, Karnataka released Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu amid protests in the state.

In Mandya, agitated farmers and activists belonging to pro-Kannada outfits have blocked Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had appealed to farmers to maintain peace and tranquillity and not to cause any damage to public property.

After an all-party meeting on the issue on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah had said that a decision has been taken that the state will release water as directed by the apex court. He also said the state would approach the Supreme Court with a modification petition explaining its difficulties in implementing the court order. The CM said they would seek change in it and also move the Cauvery Supervisory Committee.

Siddaramaiah added that all efforts would be made to provide drinking water to Bengaluru and other places as also for crops.

The apex court on Monday, directed the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers. The apex court also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the supervisory committee within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s (CWDT).

With ANI inputs.