Members belonging to the Tamizhaga Puratchikara Vivasayigal Sangam staging a protest on the Cauvery riverbed at Grand Anicut in Thanjavur district on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: M_MoorthyTwenty nine farmers owing allegiance to the Tamizhaga Puratchikara Vivasayigal Sangam were taken into custody by the police after they attempted to stage a protest on the dry Cauvery riverbed near Grand Anicut on Tuesday in protest against Karnataka’s failure to release water to Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court directive. Meanwhile, a group of farmers led by Cauvery Dhanapalan, general secretary, Cauvery Farmers Protection Association, staged a candle-light protest near a regulator on the Odampokki river to register their grief over the failure to release water from Mettur dam on the usual date – June 12 – for the seventh consecutive year. The protesters condemned the State and Central governments for their failure to protect the livelihood of the delta farmers. Mr. Dhanapalan criticised the State government for failing to mount enough pressure on the Centre to ensure release of water from Karnataka.
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