Over 350 policemen deployed, Belagavi is peaceful today, says Karnataka home minister

Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra said that over 350 policemen have been deployed in Belagavi and that the region is peaceful today. This comes after the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) suspended bus services to Karnataka.

Belagavi,UPDATED: Dec 7, 2022 11:10 IST

Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra said that the situation in Belagavi is peaceful on Wednesday. (File photo)

By Nagarjun Dwarakanath: Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra, in conversation with India Today, said that over 350 policemen have been deployed in the border district of Belagavi, where tensions rose on Tuesday. The home minister added that Belagavi is peaceful today, Wednesday.

“There were a few incidents yesterday. FIRs are registered. Police are in touch with pro-Kannada organisations. Belagavi is peaceful today” said Araga Jnanendra. He further added, “Shiv Sena leaders are saying they want to enter Karnataka. They speak like they are coming to war. This isn’t the right time for this.”

The Karnataka home minister’s statements come after the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) suspended bus services to Karnataka. The Maharashtra government said that the call to resume services would be taken after a clearance from police about the safety & security of the passengers and the buses.

A statement by the Maharashtra government said, “This has been done after a security alert from police that buses might be attacked in Karnataka during the agitations.”

A lorry travelling from Pune to Bengaluru was attacked by members of pro-Kannada organisations in Belagavi on Tuesday. Stones were pelted at the lorry and the number plates of a few trucks with Maharashtra registration in the town were blacked out.

Instances of vandalism were also reported in Maharashtra. Workers of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena were detained after they attacked buses with Karnataka number plates at a private bus parking lot in Pune. The Sena workers barged into the private bus stand and sprayed black and orange paint on at least three Karnataka state transport buses.

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Gautham Balaji

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Dec 7, 2022

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