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Men make their way past a burning lorry in Bengaluru, which was set on fire by protesters after India's Supreme Court ordered Karnataka state to release 12,000 cubic feet of water per second every day from the Cauvery river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, India September 12, 2016.Reuters

The death toll in the violent protests has reisen to two after a 27-year-old man, who got injured in clashes on Monday, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

Over 300 people have been arrested for indulging in violence across the city of Bengaluru, while a manhunt is still underway to arrest others who were involved in the protests following the Supreme Court's Monday morning verdict on the Cauvery water dispute.

"Some anti-social elements also joined in the protest with genuine activists. We will fins out the background of the accused persons once the police finish the arrest process," Home Minister G Parameshwara was quoted by the Indian Express as saying after monitoring the situation with senior police officials in the state.

Around 30 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in violence in Hegganahalli near Rajagopalnagar, the New Indian Express reported. A 25-year-old was killed after police started firing at a mob of protestors when they torched a police patrol jeep in the area.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased youth.

Public transport, including buses, cabs and private vehicles have begun plying in Bengaluru, the city police said on Tuesday, adding that the situation across Bengaluru is "peaceful".

"Situation absolutely peaceful all over the city! no need to panic! Private vehicles  and taxis are plying freely. Bus services also resumed in some areas. Situation is peaceful. Police is alert," the Bengaluru City Police said in a series of tweets.

Curfew has been imposed in 16 police station limits across the city, while Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure will remain in place till Sept. 14. However, activities like cremations, medical and emergency services and Eid al-Adha celebrations have been exempted from such restrictions, the Bengaluru City Police said in a tweet.

Citizens have been asked to maintain peace. The police has also asked the public to share photos and videos of damage to public property on their social media profiles so that action can be taken accordingly.

"Section 144 in force. We dont expect any untoward incident. Strict action will be taken against miscreants," Bengaluru Police said in a tweet on Tuesday, adding that the city police along with the central forces have "ensured law and order" in Bengaluru.

The police has released helpline numbers so that the public can reach out to them.

"#CauveryProtests : Public are requested to use Karnataka Police Help Line 18004250100 or 155365 for any emergency/assistance/help @CPBlr," the police said in a tweet.

The apex court delivered the verdict on the state's plea to reduce the amount of water to be released from the Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu. It modified its Sept. 5 order and reduced the amount of water from 15,000 cusecs to 12,000 cusecs.

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Men ride a motorcycle past a lorry in Bengaluru, which was set on fire by protesters after India's Supreme Court ordered Karnataka state to release 12,000 cubic feet of water per second every day from the Cauvery river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, India September 12, 2016.Reuters

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is scheduled to hold a Cabinet meeting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 over the violent protests in Bangalore and other parts of the state due to the Cauvery water dispute.

The police also requested the public not to blindly believe messages they receive on their phones or pay heed to rumours being spread through WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook on the Cauvery water dispute. The public can contact the police for queries by dialling 100, tweeting to the police on their handle - @BlrCityPolice - or by messaging them on their WhatsApp number - 9480801000. The police have also requested people to share crowd sourced photos as that would help in taking stringent action against miscreants.

Traffic diversions have been put in place for the Eid al-Adha celebrations across the city. Traffic has been diverted in areas like Shivaji Nagar, Bilal Mosque, Bannerghatta Road and Tannery Road due to Bakrid celebrations. The Shivaji Nagar traffic will be diverted to Seppings Road near Coles Park 10 a.m. onwards.

Peaceful prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha were held on MM Road and at the football ground near the Halasuru East Railway Station early morning on Sept. 13. Arrangements for Eid prayers and celebrations have also been made in Gurappan Pallya and Bismilla Nagar located on Bannerghatta Road.

Meanwhile, bus services to and from the Bengaluru airport have been affected. But airport taxis, Mega Cabs and Meru Cabs are operating. Flight operations remain unaffected. According to the New Indian Express, AirAsia has allowed passengers travelling from Kempegowda International Airport to reschedule their bookings free of cost.

Situation absolutely peaceful all over the city! no need to panic !

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