India's tech capital hit by riot

India's tech capital hit by riotIndian technology hub of Bengaluru in the Karnataka state is caught in riots over the diversion of water from a river.

The violence started on Monday evening and was triggered by a court decision that asked the southern state of Karnataka to divert some water from the Cauvery river to neighboring Tamil Nadu state.

Shops and schools remain closed in the area. Indian and foreign technology companies were forced to shut their offices and told staff to stay home on Tuesday.

During the riots one person was killed, some other injured. With the atmosphere already charged in Bengaluru, the attacks led to a fiery backlash with members of right-wing organisations torching several trucks, buses and cars with Tamil Nadu number plates.

At least 45 buses operated by a well-known travel agency known as KPN were burnt when they were parked at a bus station. The highways connecting the two states have been blocked with several vehicles, which bear the registration numbers of Tamil Nadu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement: "Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue. This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative. The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation's property."

The two southern states, which speak two different languages, have been locked in a legal battle in India's Supreme Court over sharing of water from the river Cauvery, which is the lifeline of both provinces. Tensions rise almost every year, especially during the summer months when water becomes scarce.
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