The fire of violence in connection with the dispute of Kaveri river water is high in Bengaluru. The city saw burning of public and police vehicles on road and clashes with the police forces. The administration has to implement 144 in whole Bengaluru and curfew in some parts. Let’s have a look Why is the dispute and What does Section 144 of IPC says?
Why is the dispute?
The sharing of Kaveri river’s waters of the has been the bone of contention between the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The seed of this wars lies in two agreements in 1892 and 1924 between the then Princely State of Mysore and Madras Presidency.
At various events Karnataka claims of not receiving its due share from the river. It holds a grudge that the previous agreements are biased to Madras Presidency and advocates for resettlement for equal sharing. While Tamil Nadu advocates that it has already almost 3,000,000 acres of it’s land is developed and depends largely on the prevailing pattern of usage which if disturbed will affect lakhs of farmers.
What is Section 144?
Section 144 prohibit an assembly of more than ten people in an area. According to the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the maximum punishment for engaging in rioting is imprisonment for 3 years and/or fine. Obstructing an officer trying to disperse an unlawful assembly may attract further punishment. Every member of an unlawful assembly can be held responsible for a crime committed by the group. (-Source: Wikipedia)