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Cauvery row refuses to die down as opposition backs ‘rail roko’ agitation

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Bengaluru : Tamil Nadu bound buses in flames after they were torched by pro-Kannada activists during a protest over Cauvery water row, in Bengaluru on Monday. PTI Photo(PTI9_12_2016_000312B)

Cauvery issue has come to rock the city of Chennai again as various farmers’ organizations began their 48-hour ‘rail roko’ agitation in Tiruchi on Monday.

Demanding the constitution of Cauvery Management Board, they garnered support from opposition parties like the DMK as former DMK Minister K.N. Nehru courted arrest after attempting a blockade at Srirangam Railway Station.

As per the latest updates, opposition leader and DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin has courted arrest along with six other party MLAs even as people have stormed into the main concourse hall of Madurai Railway Station.

Among the other incidents reported goods train bound for Mecheri in Salem district was detained for over an hour after a group of farmers lie down on the track and planted saplings in the track to record their protest. Around 50 farmers affiliated to Desiya Thennindhiya Nathigal Inaippu Vivasaya Sangam were arrested. Early morning around 9:45 am, the CPI state secretary Mutharasan also led to a ‘rail roko’ at Tiruvarur Railway station.  Mutharasan urged the state government to convene all party meet to mount pressure on Centre to form Cauvery Management Board.

The protests come days a technical team constituted by the Supreme Court, completed its inspection of Cauvery basin region in Tamil Nadu to assess the situation in the state.

The team, which also inspected the Cauvery basin in Karnataka, is set to submit its report in the apex court on Monday.The apex court had set up the team while hearing a petition by Tamil Nadu government seeking release of Cauvery water by Karnataka.