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Maha-K'taBorder Row: Vehicles Being Attacked for No Reason, Have Sought Immediate Intervention of HM Shah, Says Fadnavis

By: News Desk

Edited By: Sumedha Kirti

News18.com

Last Updated: December 07, 2022, 22:31 IST

New Delhi, India

Belagavi railway station in Karnataka. (File photo: indiarailinfo.com)

Belagavi railway station in Karnataka. (File photo: indiarailinfo.com)

Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Row: Angered by Raut's comments, Maharashtra cabinet minister Shambhuraj Desai recalled the time when chief minister Eknath Shinde was in Karnataka jail for protesting against the government over border dispute

Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Row: Amidst the ongoing border row, Maharashtra Dy CM Fadnavis says that he has spoken with Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the tension in the two states and sought help.  “I told him that vehicles from Maharashtra are being attacked without any reason. I’ve sought his immediate intervention&requested him to speak to Karnataka CM," says Fadnavis . 

Meanwhile, the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) on Wednesday suspended its services to Maharashtra after reports emerged of some buses being defaced and damaged in the regions bordering Belagavi district. However, giving assurance to the pilgrims the SP of Belagavi noted that those visiting temples in Belagavi will be taken care of. He further said that there is no reason to worry and also urged people should not pay attention to rumors.

Maharashtra organisation, Swarajya Sangathan, on Wednesday, December 7, protested against the Karnataka border issue. They sprayed black ink on banner of Karnataka bank and raised slogans. Meanwhile, Maharashtra number plate buses are being stopped at Belagavi border. Maharashtra had resumed bus service to Karnataka this morning, with vehicles leaving from Kolhapur depot towards Belgaum. Officials in Karnataka said that their bus services have been suspended as a precautionary measure. But buses continued to travel on long routes. There was no restriction on private buses.

Maharashtra, since its inception in 1960, has been entangled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belgaum district and 80 other Marathi-speaking villages, which are in the control of the southern state.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai recently sought a merger of “Kannada-speaking" areas in Maharashtra’s Akkalkot and Solapur and had also said some villages in Jat taluka in Sangli district wanted to join the southern state.

Belgaum or Belagavi is currently part of Karnataka but is claimed by Maharashtra. After the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute escalated, many untoward incidents took place in Belagavi.

Here Are Latest Updates:

  • “No untoward incidents reported across the district. There is normalcy and no restrictions on anyone visiting Karnataka. Pilgrims visiting temples in Belagavi are being taken care of. There is no reason to worry. People should not pay attention to rumors," assures SP of Belagavi.


  • Amidst the ongoing border row, Maharashtra Dy CM Fadnavis said he has spoken with Union Home Minister and explained to him everything about the ongoing situation. “I told him that vehicles from Maharashtra are being attacked without any reason. I’ve sought his immediate intervention&requested him to speak to Karnataka CM," says Fadnavis 

  • The North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) on Wednesday suspended its services to Maharashtra after reports emerged of some buses being defaced and damaged in the regions bordering Belagavi district.

• Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday alleged Centre’s hand behind the attack on Maharashtra vehicles in Belagavi and said the attack is not possible without New Delhi’s support.

Angered by Raut’s comments, Maharashtra cabinet minister Shambhuraj Desai asked him to “shut up". “Eknath Shinde was in Karnataka jail for protesting against Karnataka government over border dispute issue. We will resolve this issue as early as possible. Now the situation is coming back to normalcy. I am in touch with my counterpart in Karanataka," he added.

• Tight police security has been deployed at Karnataka-Maharashtra border region. Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and local police deployed on both sides of the border.

• As a precautionary measure bus services suspended between the two states. Bus going to Maharashtra from Athani, Chikkodi, Nippani, Kagwad completely stopped.

• Activists of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Tuesday claimed to have painted at least four buses of Karnataka state transport corporation in Pune district during separate protests. They also wrote “Jai Maharashtra" on these buses.

• Peace prevailed in the city and other parts of this district, a day after pro-Kannada organisations held a protest on the border row that affected normal life. The protests were held against the proposed visit of two Maharashtra ministers on Tuesday here amid the ongoing border dispute.

• NCP chief Sharad Pawar has blamed Bommai for the “worrisome” situation in the border areas and warned Maharashtra’s “patience" will take a different turn if attacks on vehicles entering the southern state from Maharashtra are not stopped in 24 hours.

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first published:December 07, 2022, 10:30 IST
last updated:December 07, 2022, 22:31 IST
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