KARNATAKA

‘Strict action against those indulging in illicit liquor trade’

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has said that strict action would be initiated against those found indulging in illicit liquor business, irrespective of their party affiliations.

During a brief stopover at Gabbur Cross near Hubli on his way to Belgaum on Saturday, Mr. Yediyurappa said that those indulging in manufacture and sale of illicit liquor would be dealt seriously.

Replying to a query on the protest over the arrest of a woman found in illegal possession of arrack on Friday at Kamaripet Police Station in Hubli, Mr. Yediyurappa said even those who had affiliations with the BJP if found acting against law, would not be spared.

On the reported manhandling of a press photographer by the police during the protest at the Kamaripet station, he said that he would direct the police not to obstruct the media persons from doing their duty. The Deputy Chief Minister maintained that functioning of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli, would not be affected with the transfer of doctors from there to new medical colleges.

He said that if at all there was any problem because of the transfers, he would intervene to set it right in the interest of the prestigious medical institution and the people of north Karnataka.

Chairman of the North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation Ashok Katwe accorded a warm welcome to the Deputy Chief Minister.

Protest

Congress activists led by Mohan Hiremani tried to gherao Mr. Yediyurappa protesting against the transfer of 22 doctors from the KIMS to new government colleges. However, the police thwarted their attempts.

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