ADGP holds meeting with Kannada, Marathi groups amid border row | Bengaluru


The Karnataka police on Friday held a meeting with representatives of Kannada and Marathi organizations in Belagavi over the border dispute between the two states, officials said on Saturday.

Karnataka additional director general of police (law and order) Alok Kumar chaired a meeting of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) and Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) at Tilakwadi police station on Friday night. Leaders from both sides agreed to cooperate with the government to maintain law and order, the officials added.

Although known as the crossroads of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa and Karnataka’s second capital, Belagavi, the business and education hub, has been hit by language and border issues.

While many businesses were worried about the future of Belagavi amid the recurring conflict between Kannadigas and Marathis across the border, several industrial setups have flocked to Kolhapur district in Maharashtra and Goa. Belagavi Industries, internationally known for its casting cluster and lathe works that manufacture spare parts for internationally branded vehicles and export to many nations, have shifted to Maharashtra and Goa amid language and border disputes. Business owners say that their investors are not interested in continuing, thereby causing unemployment among educated youth.

A police officer in Karnataka said that the youth were moving to the streets and bordering on languages ​​and were educated but unemployed. “Youths from both states, especially from Kannada organizations, run on the roads for silly reasons with Kannada flags in their hands and shawls on their shoulders, blocking traffic on the roads and disrupting normal life,” a senior police officer said, adding. they have not taken strict action against them because they do not want to spoil their future by filing legal cases.

“However, unfortunately, despite our persuasion, the youth are not responding, and for this we planned to limit the protests by talking to their leaders who agreed not to crowd the streets for silly reasons,” added the officer.

The officers told the leaders that the protests would not achieve anything but would only disrupt people’s normal lives, police said. The ADGP advised the leaders of Maharashtra not to respond positively but to think about the Maharashtrians and their families and the future, the police added.

About a dozen leaders of the two groups took tea together and together told the media that they would not hold such protests in the future.

Police said it was a rally after 2006, when leaders of the two gangs came together and protested the arrest of supari killer and gangster Praveen Shintre, who allegedly raped and murdered women to demand the ransom of their husbands.

As protests were taking place every day at various places in Belagavi, the police team led by the then SP Hemant Nimbalkar rounded up the notorious gangster from Mangaluru and ‘met’ him at his bungalow.

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