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Flag-hoisting row: MLA’s Belgaum office ransacked

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Mob fury: The office of Sanjay Patil, BJP MLA, which was ransacked by activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayan Gowda faction) in Belgaum on Tuesday.
Mob fury: The office of Sanjay Patil, BJP MLA, which was ransacked by activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayan Gowda faction) in Belgaum on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

Police prevent activists from entering Angadi’s office

Belgaum: It was yet another day of drama after the failed bid of hoisting a saffron flag on the premises of the Belgaum City Corporation on Monday. Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayan Gowda faction), Belgaum taluk unit, ransacked the official chamber of Sanjay Patil, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, which is housed in Belgaum taluk panchayat office here on Tuesday.

On the other side, the Praveen Shetty faction of KRV staged angry protests in front of the CADA office adjacent to the panchayat, which houses the office of MP Suresh C. Angadi (BJP).

Though the police prevented the activists from entering the MP’s office on the second floor, some of them succeeded in damaging the MP’s name board.

Both the groups were protesting against Mr. Angadi and Mr. Patil’s support of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES), which had wanted to hoist the saffron flag at the BCC office against the order of the court and the Deputy Commissioner of Belgaum. The KRV groups demanded that the BJP high command withdraw the nomination of Mr. Angadi as the party’s official candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, failing which it would launch a State-wide “anti-BJP” campaign during the elections. They also demanded disqualification of Mr. Patil from the State Assembly for allegedly associating with an “anti-Karnataka”, “anti-Kannada” and “pro-Maharashtra” organisation.

The KRV activists also burnt effigies of the two BJP leaders. In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, the KRV (Praveen Shetty faction) district president, Mahantesh B. Ranagattimath, also demanded that Mr. Angadi and Mr. Patil must leave Karnataka for supporting anti-Karnataka activities. The KRV workers were led by its State president Shivarame Gowda and working president Praveen Shetty. The police are on the lookout for the KRV activists who are said to have disappeared soon after ransacking Mr. Patil’s office.

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