Bengaluru: Normalcy returned to violence-hit Bengaluru on Wednesday after a day of uneasy calm following large-scale violence over the raging Cauvery water sharing row with neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
"Curfew has been lifted from in 16 police station limits+ of Bengaluru city from 9am today," city police tweeted.
However, "ban order under section 144 of the CrPC on assembling of more than five persons at public places and populated areas continues till further order to ensure peace and prevent any untoward incident," police commissioner NS Megharikh was quoted as saying.
Some schools and colleges reopened today. Buses, taxis, autos and metro rail services also resumed. Thousands of people were seen commuting to offices in the city.
Transport vehicles were back in service and shops and establishments functioned normally, senior police officials said, adding, adequate measures have been taken to prevent occurrence of untoward incidents.
Though government has not declared holiday of schools and colleges, few private institutions remained shut today.
Uneasy calm prevailed in the city on Tuesday with sporadic incidents of protests after outbreak of violence on Monday following the Supreme Court order modifying its September 5 order asking Karnataka to release a reduced amount of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu till September 20.
In its September five order, the apex court had directed the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water for 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state, which had triggered strong protests from farmers and pro-Kannada outfits with Karnataka observing a bandh against it on September 9. Two persons were killed following Monday's violence in the city.
One person had died in police firing while another succumbed to injuries he suffered while escaping police lathicharge when he jumped in panic from a three-storey building.
No major untoward incidents have been reported from other parts of the state as well. Sporadic protests were witnessed in Mandya, Mysuru, Chitradurga, Ramanagra and other parts yesterday.
Karnataka government had yesterday decided to obey the Supreme Court's modified order asking it to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 20 and warned that those indulging in violence during protests against release of water will be dealt with an "iron-hand".
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had stated that he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and request him to call a meeting of the Chief Ministers of both states to resolve the issue. He has also called for a meeting of Congress legislators from the city today to discuss about the situation and Monday's violent protests.
Industry body Assocham estimated a loss of around Rs 25,000 crore for the city and severely dented its industry friendly image....