When a Kannadiga Rescued TN Drivers & a Bride Crossed State Border

The lorry owner took the drivers safely in a sealed container lorry in the wee hours of Wednesday.

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Charred remains of the vehicles in Bengaluru on Tuesday, a day after they were torched by pro-Kannada activists during their violent protests over Cauvery water row.(Photo: PTI)

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu may be sparring over the sharing of Cauvery water with sporadic incidents of violence targeted at both communities, there are also heartwarming stories coming out from the neighbouring states — of courage, brotherhood and love.

A Kannadiga lorry owner came to the rescue of drivers of KPN Travels who found themselves stranded after 45 buses belonging to Tamil Nadu-based private operator were burnt down by a mob of around 200 people at D’Souza Nagar off Mysuru Road on Monday.

The lorry owner took the drivers safely in a sealed container lorry in the wee hours of Wednesday, according to The New Indian Express.

B Shivana, a Kannadiga who runs his transportation business in the city, helped 31 drivers cross the border and enter Hosur in his lorry.

D Damodharan, president of Bengaluru Tamil Sangam told The New Indian Express that after the horrific incident, the lorry drivers had rushed to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar police station. They were worried and wanted to return to Tamil Nadu.

The drivers preferred to stay at the station till midnight. They hail from Salem, Dharmapuri and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu. However, the sub-inspector said that he cannot help them as he was unable to contact the senior officials.

When Shivanna, the owner of Shiva Travels came to know about the state of these drivers, he contacted Ramachandran, founder and president of the five-year-old Kannada Tamil Harmony and Social Welfare Trust.

Ansar, Manager of KPN Travels, said that they just wanted someone to transport the drivers across the border. After that, they would be able to take them from there. He added that Shivanna did not charge them anything for dropping them.

Shivanna first picked up four drivers from D’souza Nagar around 9:30 pm and the rest from the police station at 1:30 am. He then drove the container lorry and dropped all 31 drivers at the KPN office in Hosur around 3:30 am on Wednesday.

This story was first reported by S Lalitha in The New Indian Express.

In another instance, R Prema, (25), walked several kilometres to reach Hosur near the Bengaluru border. Her wedding was planned to take place on Wednesday with a man living in Tamil Nadu.

She told The Times of India that she travelled by bus and then took an auto on the way to her wedding. She added that about 600 people were invited for her wedding but only 20 will be able to attend the function after stray incidents of violence broke out in both states over the Cauvery dispute.

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