Mumbai: In a bid to seek support over the ongoing atrocities on Marathi people in Belgaum, near Karnataka border, Sarita Patil, Mayor of Belgaum on Monday met Mumbai’s Mayor Snehal Ambekar. She was in Mumbai to seek support from Shiv Sena against the Sedition charges slapped on her by the Karnataka government.
On November 1, Marathi speaking protestors and few members of the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) were arrested on sedition charges for participating in the ‘Black Day’ in Belgaum on Karnataka Rajyotsava Day.
Patil said, “The protestors were beaten and tortured by the police for the agitation against the Karnataka government in Belgaum. They have filed 50 cases against MES and a false charge against me. I have requested the Mumbai mayor to raise the issue at the All India Mayor Council (AIMC) in support of Marathi people in Belgaum and help us to get justice.”
Standing by her side Ambekar said, “The injustice meted out to Marathi people in Belgaum will not be tolerated by the Maharashtra government. I will make sure this issue is raised in AIMC and we will garner support for the Marathi people in Belgaum.”
During this meeting prominent leaders of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) like Trushna Vishvasrao, Yashodhar Phanse,
Hemangi Varalikara were present.
The MES has been demanding 814 villages from Karnataka with the dominance of the Marathi speaking citizens to be integrated with Maharashtra. The state government has been fighting the case in Supreme Court for more than a decade now.