ENARADA, Mysuru, September 22, 2015
Protesting against release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, farmers vandalised the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) office at Mysuru on Tuesday. The farmers took exception to the state government’s move of releasing water from Kabini reservoir (Heggadadevanakote) to Tamil Nadu when the state was reeling under severe drought. The Cauvery belt reservoirs haven’t filled up this year due to poor monsoon.
Meanwhile, as farmers gathered in front of CADA office, the officials sought police protection. The cops prevented the farmers from entering the office and resorted to mild lathi charge which resulted in a verbal duel. However, the farmers alleged that one of the cops misbehaved with the farmers and resorted to violence by ransacking the office and damaging window panes. The police later booked a case of vandalism against the protesting farmers.
Later speaking to the media, the farmers said that two TMC feet of water has been released to Tamil Nadu and the Government was contemplating to release another 5 tmc feet of water from Kabini. If that was the case, then the entire Kabini reservoir will go dry shortly thereby resulting in no water supply to 1.2 lakh acres of paddy cultivation in Kabini achacut area. The farmers threatened to intensify protest if the water release was not stopped immediately.