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One person was killed and another injured after Bengaluru police opened fire on protesters in the Rajgopalnagar area yesterday evening.

“Arson and vandalism was seen on the streets of Bengaluru and on a highway to Mysuru as anger boiled over on a Supreme Court order that meant that Karnataka would have to release more water from the river Cauvery to neighbor Tamil Nadu. Some 15,000 policemen have been posted across the IT city,” the NDTV reported.

Tensions increased in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the Cauvery water dispute.

Sporadic incidents of attacks on a hotel, pelting of stones, ruckus at a bank and attacks on vehicles were reported in both the States.

Meanwhile, an unidentified group hurled petrol bombs at New Woodlands Hotel in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the early hours of yesterday while in Rameswaram, members of three Tamil outfits damaged windscreens and glass panes of five Karnataka registered vehicles.

“Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asking him to ensure the safety and security of many lakhs of Tamil speaking people residing in Karnataka,” the Hindu reported.

The group that attacked the hotel left this note: “If Tamilians continue to be assaulted in Karnataka, their businesses here will suffer. There are Kannadigas living here too. Be warned!”