The Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute has been going on for years in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The matter is in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, members of the Kannada organization created a ruckus in Belagavi, Karnataka. Members of the Kannada organization beat up pro-Maharashtra students and burnt car tires in protest. The matter calmed down after the intervention of the police.
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The Kannada organization alleges that pro-Maharashtra students assaulted a student when he waved the Karnataka flag at a prestigious college’s annual function recently. He alleges that the Maharashtra Integration Committee is spoiling the atmosphere in Belagavi. A video of the incident had also surfaced, in which some youths are seen beating up a student carrying the flag of Karnataka. However, till now the statement of the police regarding this fight has not been revealed.
Maharashtra government ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai can visit Belagavi on December 3. It is known that he is coming here to meet the office bearers of Maharashtra Integration Committee (MES) (pro-Maharashtra organization). Steps are also being taken to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during his visit.
Giving information about this, ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said that we have made preparations to avoid any untoward incident. Along with this, efforts are also being made to ensure that the incidents that happened last week do not happen again. This step of the police has come after some incidents like damaging or blackening of buses and vehicles on both sides regarding the border dispute.
Explain that after the reorganization of states on linguistic basis, the border dispute has been going on since the 1960s. Maharashtra lays claim to Belagavi, which was part of the erstwhile ‘Bombay Presidency’, as it has a sizeable population of Marathi speakers. Maharashtra also lays claim to 80 Marathi-speaking villages, which are currently part of Karnataka.
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