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Cauvery row: Two dead, but calm returns to Bengaluru

Cauvery row: Two dead, but calm returns to Bengaluru

BENGALURU: A wary and bruised Bengaluru limped back to normalcy on Tuesday, even as a man died of injuries he had sustained after he jumped off the third floor of a building while fleeing lathi-wielding policemen the previous night, taking the Cauvery violence toll in the city to two.

Repeated flag marches by contingents of Rapid Action Force from the morning drilled home the message that normalcy was on its way, notwithstanding rumours of unrest that continued to dominate social media and local TV channels, especially during the first half the day.

But in a dramatic turn, by late evening came the announcements from the government that schools and colleges would open from Wednesday. State transport and city buses as well as Metro start running late Tuesday evening.

Most IT companies, including Infosys, Wipro and IBM, said they are working on Wednesday. They were either shut or were working from home on Tuesday after Monday’s large-scale violence. Cab-hailing services, too, said they will operate.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is keen on Bengaluru returning to normal before that. He is said to have asked the city police chief to get the city fully functional and peaceful at the earliest.

Barring two incidents of miscreants setting vehicles on fire and police bursting tear-gas shells to disperse a group of agitators in Nagarbhavi, the city remained largely calm. As the day wore on, the number of private vehicles on the roads, especially in the violence-hit areas straddling Tumakuru Road in the northwest and Mysuru Road in the southwest, increased. Police said they have arrested 335 persons and detained another 500 in connection with Monday’s violence.

Earlier, a Tempo Traveler bearing a TN number was set on fire in north Bengaluru and a private bus, half burnt on Monday, was set on fire again. Business establishments and private firms, including most IT firms, remained closed during the day.

 

Source: Times of India

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