Sena Demands President Rule in K’taka Border Areas

In Saamna edit, party decries police caning of villagers of Yallur, calls it barbaric terrorism; probe by human rights panel sought after innocent women children beaten up

Published: 29th July 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2014 12:45 AM   |  A+A-

MUMBAI: Politicians of Maharashtra on Monday reacted strongly to Karnataka Police’s “brutality” against Marathi speaking people at Yallur near Belgaum.

Police had caned the villagers at Yallur for reinstalling a signboard, which stated that the village was a part of Maharashtra. The Belgaum district administration had razed the signboard last week following a petition in Karnataka High Court against it.

Shiv Sena reiterated its demand that President’s rule be imposed in the disputed border areas in Karnataka. An editorial in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ equated Karnataka Police with Pakistani terrorist Hafeez Saeed. “The Karnataka Police are goondas in khaki uniform. What they have done is nothing but high-handedness. We know many places in Mumbai which are related with Karnataka but we have maintained peace,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.

The BJP condemned Karnataka Police and demanded action against the guilty officers. Leader of Opposition Vinod Tawde dashed off a letter to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding a thorough inquiry into the incident.

“Police pelted stones at the residents and trespassed into their houses. They beat women and children for no reason. This is barbaric. I am going to meet Rajnath Singh over the issue on Wednesday,” Tawde said.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray targeted the Union government over the issue. “If such a thing had happened with migrants in Maharashtra the Union government would have made it a big issue. Why are they silent now?” he asked.

Nitesh Rane, son of sulking Congress leader Narayan Rane, threatened that his NGO Swabhimaan would not allow Karnataka Day celebrations in Mumbai here after.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan registered his protest to Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah on the issue. “The canning of police is a violation of the people’s constitutional rights. It is not appropriate for Karnataka government to take such action when the border dispute is pending before the Supreme Court,” Chavan said.

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