Tamil Nadu observes shutdown in a peaceful manner

Karnataka unit of BJP on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the raging Cauvery row with Tamil Nadu was not possible at this juncture and termed the demand by the Congress government in the state as "petty politicking".

Leader of the opposition and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) treasurer M.K. Stalin was taken into preventive custody after staging a protest march and trying to enter the Egmore railway station in Chennai on Friday.

The same is happening between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu where the ongoing water war over the distribution of Cauvery river waters have deeply rattled off not just these two states but also sent a sense of uncertainty across the country. He also accused her of "only writing letters", over the issue.

In Trichy, MDMK leader Vaiko was prevented by police from holding protest blocking the rail traffic.

Meanwhile, DMDK leaders and party workers led by party leader Premalatha Vijaykanth, went on a fast at the party headquarters in the state capital.

They condemned the violence against Tamils in Karnataka and sought protection for them. The move forced doctors at a Karnataka hospital to come up with an alternative plan after a liver for transplant became available for their patient at a hospital in Tamil Nadu.

In the Cauvery Delta regions of Thanjavur, and Tiruchirappalli too farmers, DMK, CPI, CPI (M), VCK and other party volunteers attempted rail blockade and staged protests. A Puducherry Road Transport Corporation was stoned on Vazhudavoor road, following which it was brought to the shed.

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Doctors in India smuggled a desperately ill patient across state borders under cover of darkness to receive a liver transplant after police said violent protests would make a journey by ambulance too risky.

Police patrolling was intensified and all vulnerable areas were taken care of, a senior police officer said.

The protests erupted after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka state to release water from a river to ease a shortage in Tamil Nadu until later this month.

The government decision to release water was based on factors like the dam touching 84.76 feet (capacity 120 ft), likelihood of receiving more water from Karnataka reservoirs in view of the Supreme Court order, the Cauvery Supervisory Committee's expected decision on quantum of water for her state and an anticipated normal north east monsoon, she said.

Given the nature of the violent protests staged, arson and destruction of public and private property, worth crores of rupees - the statement added that the NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of the reports.

The central government is not setting up the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulatory Authority, he said. The Apex Court had initially directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water for 10 days, but later modified the order, and directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water till 20 September.

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