Infosys, TCS Shut Some India Offices After Clash Over Water

  • India’s prime minister appealed for calm in affected areas
  • Protests against sharing of river water turned violent

Infosys Ltd., Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. closed offices in Bengaluru on Tuesday, after protests in the southern Indian state of Karnataka against the sharing of river water with neighboring Tamil Nadu turned violent.

The protests intensified on Monday after the country’s Supreme Court court asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cubic feet per second of Cauvery river water everyday to Tamil Nadu until Sept. 20. Water sharing is a politically sensitive topic for Indian farmers, who predominantly depend on monsoon rains for crop cultivation.

“This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement. “I am personally pained at the developments.”

A curfew was imposed in 16 areas of Bengaluru city until Sept. 14 after mobs vandalized vehicles and protested the court order, NDTV reported Tuesday, citing police. No new incidents have been reported, Bengaluru City Police said in a Twitter post.

Wipro employees will work on Sept. 17 to make up for the holiday on Tuesday, the company said in a statement.

India is hoping to snap a run of two deficient annual rainy seasons in this year’s June through September monsoon. The rains were 4 percent below normal as of Sept. 4, data from India Meteorological Department show. About 87 percent of India had normal to excess rainfall until Sept. 7, while rest of the country had deficient rain.

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