200-300 people from Maha tried to enter K’taka, have now been sent back: Top cop


In the Belagavi area of ​​Karnataka bordering Maharashtra, the Maharastra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) and the National Congress Party staged a protest on Monday demanding entry into Belagavi.

On Monday MES was denied permission to hold its Maha Melava at the Vaccine Depot in Tilakwadi and prohibitory orders were imposed in the jurisdiction of Tilakwadi Police Station. The Karnataka-Maharashtra border row turned violent last week after vehicles from both states were attacked and damaged in Belgaon and Pune.

MES and NCP members staged a protest at the Kognoli toll plaza.

On Tuesday, Alok Kumar, ADGP, Law and Order, Karnataka, told news agency ANI that around 200-300 people from Maharashtra tried to enter Karnataka but were turned back.

He also assured that the situation in the border area is now peaceful. Karnataka Police has been deployed in the area to prevent any incident.

Kumar further told ANI that the areas, protests and the situation are being closely monitored. Alok Kumar on Monday reported that the MES had organized a protest and demanded that Maharashtra ministers join Karnataka. But the chief minister has clearly said that he will not accept anyone.

Section 144 has also been imposed in the area and heavy security has been deployed at the venue of the MES convention which was scheduled to be held on the first day of the Winter Session of the Karnataka Assembly today, according to ANI reports.

According to information received by news agency PTI, more than 60 organizations have sought permission from the police to hold demonstrations in Belagavin, seeking the government’s attention to their demand and providing relief.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, December 14, said that Maharashtra and Karnataka will not file any claims against each other until the Supreme Court delivers its verdict after chairing a meeting on the border dispute between the two states.

Since its creation on 1 May 1960, Maharashtra has claimed that 865 villages, including Belgaon (now Belgavi), Karwar and Nippani, should be merged with Maharashtra. Karnataka, however, has refused to participate from its territory.

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