Monday, September 12, 2016

Cauvery protests: Kannadigas targeted after video showing Tamil Nadu student being beaten goes viral;

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will write to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha following the attacks on the restaurant in Chennai and the vandalising of buses and other vehicles in Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram.

"For both states to live in peace such incidents should not occur. No anger related incidents should occur. It is expected that they (TN) will take action," CM Siddaramaiah told reporters.
All metro services have been suspended following the violent protests while schools have been asked to shut down, local media reported.

Four people have been detained after a Karnataka-based restaurant New Woodlands Hotel located in Chennai's Mylapore area was attacked with petrol bombs around 3:45 a.m. on Monday, a day after a video showing a Tamil Nadu youth being assaulted by a group of boys in Karnataka went viral on social media.

According to the hotel staff, six petrol bombs were hurled at the restaurant, which is owned by Krishna Rao.

The police said that the attack happened when 10 men entered the hotel and shouted slogans against Karnataka. They damaged tables and other property and also broke window panels, the New Indian Express reported.

Around 15 security personnel were at the hotel at the time of the attack but no one dared to stop the attackers. Police investigation is still underway.

A one-page letter was found at the attack site, which said that if Tamils were targeted in Karnataka, petrol bombs would continue to be thrown at Karnataka-based outlets in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, protestors belonging to the Naam Tamilar Katchi Party in Tamil Nadu vandalised a bus from Karnataka and thrashed the driver for information on if he was ferrying Kannadiga passengers in his bus on Monday.

Eight people have also been arrested for vandalising vehicles in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Times Now reported.

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