Maharashtra: Belgaum cops lathicharge Marathi-speaking youths

Mumbai: The Karnataka police on Thursday lathi charged on Marathi speaking youth in Belgaum who participated in a cycle rally organised to perform Black Day. The rally was organised by Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) as to protest against the inclusion of Marathi speaking areas such as Belgaum, Bidar and Bhalki in Karnataka state. Shiv Sena condemned the incident and demanded Human Commission to intervene.

Karnataka celebrates November 1st as state formation day. Whereas MES perform it as black day. According to information received from Karnataka police, they had given permission to organise silent cycle rally. Hundreds of people participated and police had given them heavy protection. “One of the escorting buses which were parked near Basweshwar circle was targeted by the miscreants in the rally who threw a bunch of burning firecrackers on the vehicle. Police, while getting control on the mob, lathi charged.

Shiv Sena spokesperson Dr Neelam Gorhe condemned the lathi charge. She called Chandrakant Patil, minister for revenue and demanded the state government should write to National Human Right Commission about the lathi charge and urged them to intervene. “Union home minister Rajnath Singh should call the Chief ministers of both Maharashtra and Karnataka and for holding this meeting, Maharashtra should take initiative,” Gorhe urged.  “Patil has informed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will speak with Karnataka CM on Friday,” she added.

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