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Amid protests, K’taka releases Cauvery waters

Falling in line with the Supreme Court directive, Karnataka on Sunday began releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, setting off a wave of protests against it in the river basin districts.

After repeatedly maintaining that the state itself was in a distress situation, the Karnataka government released water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams early on Sunday to ensure flow of 9,000 cusecs of water to the neigbhouring state.

'It is inevitable for government to release water to comply with the Supreme Court order. With due respect to the Supreme Court we are releasing water.

However,we are committed to protect the interests of farmers', Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar told reporters.

As the decision led to intensified protests,Shettar urged agitators to maintain peace and said government would file a petition before the Supreme Court, seeking a review of its order asking the state to honour the Cauvery River Authority directive to release 9,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu till 15 Oct.

Protests in parts of Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Bangalore led to disruption of vehicular movement in the Bangalore-Mysore sector, even as opposition Congress demanded resignation of the BJP government for its 'failure' to protect farmers' interests.
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