The protest by Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists turned violent with some members stoning vehicles bearing Maharashtra registration numbers at Hire Bagewadi on the outskirts of Belagavi on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.
They were angry at the Belagavi police for denying them entry into the city and stopping them from organising a protest against Maharashtra which, the activists said, was interfering in Karnataka’s internal affairs.
Police took around 400 protesting activists into custody and led them to nearby police stations to issue them a formal warning. They will be let off by evening.
KRV president T A Narayana Gowda alleged that the police had assaulted Kannada activists. “I wonder if we are living in Karnataka or some other state. Why should the police use force against pro-Kannada activists? They have violated our fundamental right to peaceful protest in Belagavi city. This is unacceptable,” he said. He warned of a State-wide agitation against alleged police excesses against KRV activists.