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Modi calls for calm as India's tech capital grinds to a halt


A day after outbreak of violence over the issue of sharing Cauvery River water with Tamil Nadu, IT giants TCS, Infosys and Wipro as also e-commerce majors Flipkart and Amazon have chose to keep their offices shut in the city on Tuesday.

Some 200 protesters have been arrested on rioting on other charges in a bid to quell the violence, which has forced shops, offices and schools to close. Police gunfire killed one protester and injured another on Monday night.

Riots erupted over the past few days after an Indian Supreme Court ordered the release of the water to Tamil Nadu in Bangalore on Sept 12.

"The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation's property", the Prime Minister said.

The prime minister appealed to the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to display sensitivity. Tamil Nadu was peaceful, with security beefed up for businesses owned by Kannadigas and also for popular personalities of Karnataka origin.

Police arrested almost 400 people for looting and vandalism in India's information technology hub of Bangalore after a curfew was imposed to quell violence set off by a court ruling over a disputed water source, a police officer said Tuesday.

The decision was taken after an emergency Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was held in Bengaluru to take stock of the Apex Court direction and yesterday's violence over release of water.

Several Malaysian families now in Bangalore, India on vacation and business trips are stuck in their hotels after a curfew was imposed following riots in the city due to water disputes between two states there.

Television images showed dozens of buses, with license plates from neighboring Tamil Nadu state, burning in a private transport company depot in Bangalore. "We had sent out 600 invitations but now only 20 members are coming to the wedding", said Prema, adding, "This is not the right way, both states should understand we are all Indians and we are one India".

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits the gatherings of ten or more people, has been imposed in Bangalore city. Siddaramaiah said, "The police have been told to be tough against people involved in violence and deal with them with an iron hand". More than 35 buses were set ablaze and local metro services were suspended.

Many employees were asked to work from home as the companies invoked business continuity plans to ensure there is no disruption to mission critical projects.