Maharashtra Government has taken serious cognizance of the alleged ‘police atrocities’ against Marathi speaking people in Belgaum and will take up the issue with Karnataka. “The issue of police atrocities against Marathi speaking people observing November 1 as black day was discussed and condemned in the Cabinet meeting held today”, Maharashtra Culture Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters.
“It was decided that the mood of the Cabinet would be conveyed to Karnataka government by writing a letter,” Tawde added.
Youths and activists of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), a regional outfit in Karnataka, were arrested for taking part in a ‘Black Day’ protest rally in Belgaum on Karnataka Rajyotsava Day on November 1.
MES leaders have alleged their activists are being beaten and tortured by Karnataka Police. MES observes Black Day on November 1, which is celebrated across Karnataka as Kannada Rajyotsava Day, the day on which the state was formed.
The MES wants 814 villages, where the Marathi-speaking population is dominant, to be integrated with Maharashtra. In its report 50 years ago, the Centre-appointed Mahajan Commission (under former Chief Justice Mehr Chand Mahajan) had recommended that these villages remain in Karnataka.
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Maharashtra Government has been fighting the case in the Supreme Court for nearly 12 years to get Belgaum and adjoining areas back from Karnataka.
On Monday, Shiv Sena, which is a partner in the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government, had called for Human Rights violation case to be filed against the Karnataka police, for the “inhuman” treatment meted out to those taking part in a ‘Black Day’ protest rally.