Eight officials from Goa were detained by the Karnataka Police today when they visited a site there in connection with the Mahadayi river water dispute between the two states, Goa's Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar said.
He said the eight officials of his department were released after being questioned by the Karnataka Police who, he claimed, also told them not to visit the site without proper permission from the district authorities concerned.
"The action of detaining the government officers who were on duty is condemnable," the minister said.
Karnataka and Goa, the riparian states of the Mahadayi (known as Mandovi in Goa), have been locked in a bitter battle over sharing of the water of the river, which originates at Belagavi in Karnataka.
The matter is pending before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.
The Goa government had alleged last month that Karnataka was diverting the river water to its Malaprabha basin.
Goa claimed that it had photographic evidence to support its claim that the work had begun.
However, Karnataka had rejected the claim saying there was no such activity.
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