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Sena demands Belgaum be declared Union Territory over ‘atrocities’ against Marathi people

An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' alleged that a pro-Kannada organisation beat up Marathi people in Belgaum and claimed Karnataka police were also harassing them.

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said Belgaum should be declared as a Union Territory, alleging that atrocities on Marathi-speaking people by pro-Kannada outfits were continuing there.

An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ alleged that a pro-Kannada organisation recently beat up Marathi people in Belgaum, removed Marathi boards from shops there and also targeted pro-Marathi social media users.

The Karnataka police were also harassing Marathi people, it claimed.

“If the atrocities are not going to stop, then the Centre should declared Belgaum as a Union Territory,” it said.

Maharashtra claims certain areas, including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani which are part of Karnataka, contending the majority of population in these areas is Marathi- speaking.

The dispute between the two states over Belgaum and other border areas is pending before the Supreme Court for many years.

The editorial in ‘Saamana’ requested Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to up take the issue with the Centre and Karnataka chief minister.

There are Marathi people in Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Vadodara (Gujarat) also. But, they never had any clashes with locals, the publication said.

It also said people speaking different languages have been residing in Maharashtra for so many years and that Marathi people never treated them badly.

“The way the BJP government in Karnataka is handling the atrocities committed on the Marathi community by locals, it seems to be encouraging such miscreants,” the Sena alleged.

It is “illegal” to treat Marathi-speaking people in such a way when the boundary dispute issue is pending before the Supreme Court, the editorial said.


Also read: Declare Karnataka’s Marathi-speaking areas as Union Territory, says Uddhav Thackeray


 

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1 COMMENT

  1. Nonsense issue in terms of political pressure with the arrest of a Shiv Sainik who had been reinstated as police officer after 16 years of suspension. This issue is to be kept alive should centre act against Maharashtra government.

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