In his letter, he requested PM Modi to call meeting of chief ministers of two states to resolve the dispute. Shutdown for a whole day has disrupted normal life across Karnataka. With buses, taxis and autos staying off roads, movement of people and goods halted in many cities and towns in the southern state.

Recently, fresh protests also erupted between police and Jai Karnataka activists in Gulbarg following the state-wide bandh on Friday to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Escalating the tension in the state, Jai Karnataka organisation's members came up on road to protest against the order of Supreme Court over Cauvery water issue.

 

Though the shutdown has not affected train and flight operations, hundreds of passengers alighting at railway stations and airports at Bengaluru and Mangaluru in the early hours were stranded in the absence of public or private transport.

The state government declared holiday for all schools and colleges across the state to avoid inconvenience to students and teachers in the absence of transport. Hundreds of IT companies, including Infosys, Wipro and multinationals in Bengaluru and Mysuru declared holiday for their employees, responding to the shutdown call by the Karnataka Okkuta, a federation of 500 pro-Kannada and other organisations.

Similarly, factories, private offices, markets, shops, malls, hotels, eateries, pubs, bars, theatres and petrol bunks have remained closed in support of the shutdown.

"The day-long state-wide shutdown is in protest against the Supreme Court order and to express resentment over the state government releasing the Cauvery water when we don't have it for drinking and irrigation," said Okkuta president Vatal Nagaraj.

Bowing to the apex court's Monday order, the state began releasing daily 15,000 cusecs since early Wednesday from Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and youth in the Mysuru region.

Admitting that frequent shutdowns cause inconvenience to the public, Nagaraj said there was no alternative to protest against injustice and failure of the state government in protecting the interests of the people, especially farmers.

The federation, however, exempted supply of essentials, including milk and medicines, from the shutdown. Ambulances will also be allowed to ferry patients to hospitals.Deploying additional police personnel, the state government has tightened security, stepped up vigil and intensified patrolling to maintain peace and law and order.

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