Karnataka-Maharashtra border row: Clamped prohibitory orders, security stepped up in Belagavi | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Tension prevailed in the border areas of Belagavi on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border after members of the Maharastra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) and Nationalist Congress Party staged a protest on Monday demanding they be allowed into Belagavi.
Belagavi Police has denied permission to MES to conduct its Maha Melava at the Vaccine Depot ground in Tilakwadi and clamped prohibited orders in Tilakwadi Police Station jurisdiction.
Members of the MES and the NCP staged a protest at the Kognoli toll plaza.
Section 144 imposed in Belagavi
Section 144 has been imposed in the area and heavy security has been deployed at the site of the MES convention which was scheduled to take place on the first day of the Winter Session of the Karnataka Assembly today.
According to officials, ADGP (Law and Order) visited the Tilakwadi area and took stock of the situation.
According to police, chief minister BS Bommai has made it clear that no ministers from Maharashtra will be allowed entry into Belagavi.
The Maharastra Ekikaran Samiti also known as the Maharashtra Integration Committee staged a protest after authorities in Karnataka denied permission to allow a few leaders from Maharashtra into Belagavi.
Supporters of MES claim that Belagavi belongs to Maharashtra and should be given to Maharashtra.
“Belagavi belongs to Maharashtra. Some MLAs and ministers from Maharashtra wanted to come to Belagavi. But authorities denied permission to them. that is why we are protesting,” supporters of MES said.
Security stepped up across Belagavi
A security blanket has been thrown across the Belagavi city amid fear over the border row with Maharashtra and disruption due to protests by various communities.
Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, where the winter session is in progress appears like a barrack with policemen deployed all over the place.
According to police sources, nearly 5,000 policemen have been deployed for maintaining law and order in the city.
These policemen include six superintendents of police, 11 additional superintendents of police, 43 deputy SPs, 95 inspectors and 241 sub-inspectors, they added.
Ban on MP Mane from visiting Belagavi
Some leaders from Maharashtra had wished to participate in the event. A Maharashtra MP Dhairyasheel Mane had even requested the Belagavi district administration to make arrangements for his visit to the city.
However, the district authorities imposed a ban on his entry saying that his possible inflammatory speech may create law and order problems.
Apart from the MES, various groups including farmers, are also staging demonstrations in Belagavi to press for their demands.
(With agency inputs)


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