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Hindi Sections of Bengaluru Metro Signs Covered, Activists Deny Involvement

The city woke up on Monday to find Bengaluru Metro boards with Hindi letters on them vandalised. Hindi letters on the boards of Chickpete and Majestic stations were covered with paper and taped carefully.

Nagarjun Dwarakanath | CNN-News18

Updated:July 3, 2017, 4:01 PM IST
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Bengaluru: The city woke up on Monday to find Bengaluru Metro signboards with Hindi letters on them vandalised. Hindi letters on the boards of Chickpete and Majestic stations were covered with paper and taped carefully.

These metro boards are in Kannada, English and along with and Hindi but only the parts with Hindi were covered.

This comes after a social media campaign to remove Hindi from signs – #NammaMetroHindiBeda – which has been gather steam.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is tight lipped about the developments and has refused to comment.

Pro-Kannada groups say that they are not responsible for this act. While they threatened to paint black ink on such boards, activists are yet to protest on ground.

Sources in Bangalore Police confirmed to News18.com that no FIR has been registered for vandalising public property. Police is of an opinion that maybe the Metro officials themselves resorted to such action.

More than 24 hours later, BMRCL has not removed the paper and tape off the letters. Protesters allege that Metro officials themselves covered the boards as pressure was mounting on them.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah came down heavily on the Centre trying to impose Hindi in Karnataka and other Southern states. Siddaramaiah said that State government funds more than the Centre and it cannot claim ownership of the project.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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