Leaders of the Kshatriya Maratha community in Haliyal on Saturday locked the newly-built Maratha Bhavan in the town to express their anger at the alleged failure of the office-bearers of Haliyal Taluk Maratha Parishat (HTMP) to submit the accounts with regard to the construction of the bhavan.
Later, a police complaint was lodged against B.D. Patil, president of HTMP. Earlier speaking to presspersons, Maratha community leaders of Haliyal taluk R.S. Arashinageri, Shankar Belgaumkar, and Pramod Patil alleged that people belonging to the community, local public representatives and political leaders had donated money for the construction of the bhavan. Though the HTMP office-bearers had declared that more than Rs. 60 lakh had been spent on the bhavan, details of accounts had not been given. Even after seeking details in writing, the HTMP failed to react, they said.
The Maratha leaders said that the plaques installed at the bhavan displayed the donors' list, but the amount mentioned was lower than what many of the contributors actually gave. When it was brought to the notice of Raghojirao, State president of Maratha Parishat, he failed to act, the leaders alleged.
Reacting to the police complaint and allegation by a section of Maratha leaders from Haliyal, some HTMP office-bearers said that there was no misappropriation of funds. They termed the allegation of misuse of the funds and lodging of police complaint as politically motivated.