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Monday, 9 September, 2002, 22:04 GMT 23:04 UK
Protesting Indian farmers stem river
Upstream Cauvery river
Farmers in the region rely on water from the river
Thousands of farmers in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have forced the authorities to restrict the flow of water into neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

Protests continued in parts of the Cauvery River basin despite the decision by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Sunday to substantially reduce the flow-rate.

Atal Behari Vajpayee
The prime minister agreed to restrict the flow of water
Karnataka sought the prime minister's intervention after the Supreme Court ruled that the state must allow a greater flow of water.

The prime minister is chairman of the Cauvery River Authority, an official body that is looking into the century-old dispute.

Police said that at least 8,000 farmers stormed into the Krishnarajasagara dam near Mysore on Monday and forced the authorities to close the crest gates to prevent water from flowing downstream.

Hundreds of farmers have also closed the crest gates at the Kabini reservoir in the neighbouring Chamarajnagar district, from where water is being released to Tamil Nadu.

Opposition

The leader of a farmers' organisation, K S Puttannaiah, said they were opposed to any release of water as the state was facing a drought.

Police have deployed additional forces in the region to keep the peace.
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The week-long protests turned violent in Mandya on Saturday, with farmers attacking a train and damaging a railway station.

Traffic between Bangalore and Mysore has been disrupted because of road blocks set up by farmers.

No agreement

On Saturday, an emergency meeting of officials from both states failed to reach an agreement over the sharing of water from the Cauvery River.

The two regions signed an agreement in 1924 which failed to bring an end to the dispute.

Soon after, Kerala and Pondicherry also staked their claim to the river's waters.

In 1976, a new agreement was signed between all four states.

But the dispute continued following a failure to enforce the new treaty.

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