With the Supreme Court set to hear the Cauvery dispute matter on September 20, the Bengaluru police have taken measures to curb any trouble that is likely to break out.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner NS Megharik has given orders prohibiting sale and serving of liquor from 6.00 am on September 20 to 1.00 am on September 21.
The order copy says that all pubs, wine shops, hotels, bars and any other alcohol sale unit or shop cannot sell liquor on Tuesday. However, star hotels, clubs and military canteens have been exempted in the order.
The pre-emptive order comes after Bengaluru police was caught off guard last week as the city witnesses a riot-like situation. Last Monday, the police commissioner imposed Section 144 only in the evening. Police had also shut down liquor sale and service.
On Monday, the Cauvery Supervisory Committee that met in New Delhi asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of water from September 21 to 30, which means 2.59 tmc feet water in ten days.
The Bengaluru Police’s Twitter handle has been constantly tweeting that there was no bandh call in the city.
There was however a partial shutdown in Mandya district, anticipating trouble.
On Monday, the Bengaluru police deployed rapid action forces, Swat teams and 15,000 police personnel on the streets to ensure that there was no trouble. The forces will be deployed on September 20th too.