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Statewide bandh in Tamil Nadu over Cauvery dispute

Tamil Nadu is bracing for a dawn-to-dusk bandh supported by Opposition parties on Friday the Cauvery issue with police deploying thousands of personnel across the state to ensure peace even as a youth set himself on fire over the water sharing row.

The bandh call given by several farmers and traders bodies, including Tamil Nadu All Farmers’ Federations and Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaippu (a traders’ collective) is supported by main Opposition party DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, MDMK, PMK, TMC, CPI(M), and CPI.

Protesters have also called for rail and road ‘rokos’.

Primarily to protest the violence targeted against the Tamils in Karnataka, the bandh is also aimed at seeking Cauvery water for the state and a final solution to the problem.

While sporadic demonstrations were held on Thursday too, a 24-year-old man set himself on fire at a rally held by Nam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) for ‘retrieving Tamil Nadu’s rights in Cauvery,’ and to condemn attacks on the Tamils in Karnataka.

The “man has sustained 93% burns, his chances of survival are dim,” said an official of the Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital.

In neighbouring union territory of Puducherry, more than 30 Tamil fringe outfits have announced a 12-hour bandh.

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