BELGAUM : Prohibitory orders have been clamped in Belgaum, Khanapur taluk and Nippani town until tomorrow following the police action against the agitated villagers, who were protesting against the district administration’s decision on Sunday to pull down the controversial ‘Maharashtra Rajya Yellur’ name board, which was put up by pro-Maharashtrians.
Nearly 25 people, including 18 Constables, were injured after the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the villagers, who hurled stones at them. Seven villagers injured in the police action were admitted to hospital. Earlier, several hundred police personnel entered Yellur on Sunday with a bulldozer and removed the electric poles and tree branches that had been put up to restrict the entry into the village. They demolished the board and other similar signs that had been put up at Sulga and Desur villages.
When the police attempted to arrest some of those, who had put up the board, several women came on to the streets and urged the police not to arrest their youth.