Karnataka Police on Saturday detained former Chief Minister and Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) chief B.S. Yeddyurappa here as he, along with hundreds of farmers and supporters tried to break police barricade imposed near Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir.
Hundreds of farmers led by Yeddyurappa were protesting state government's decision to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court had directed Karnataka to release 2.44 TMC (thousand million cubic) of water to Tamil Nadu to save crops in that state on February 7.
But, Yeddyurappa and all his supporters tried to reach KRS, defying police prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people around a three-kilometre radius of the reservoir to prevent farmers to lay siege to it.
The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) chief had suspended his Mysore-Bangalore padayatra, launched to press the Centre against notifying the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal's final award, and headed towards KRS reservoir to stage a protest against the water release. (ANI)