MES seeks Centre's intervention

Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) has sought Centre's intervention in the controversy over Belgaum. It has appealed to the Centre to depute observers to study the situation and the "fear psychosis" that has gripped the people in the city.

MES Belgaum taluk acting president Deepak Dalvi, President and former MLA N.G. Tarale and Uchgaon MLA Manohar Kinekar, sent the letter to the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and recalled that the border dispute remained unresolved for 50 years and that Marathi-speaking of the region have been agitating to get "justice".

The MES said Maharashtra has approached the Supreme Court and the case is pending before it. "Recently, the Belguam City Corporation passed a resolution expressing people's wish to merge this area in Maharashtra," it said.

Drawing attention to the attack on Belgaum Mayor Vijay Pandurang More by Kannada activists in the Legislators' Home in Bangalore recently, the MES leaders alleged that the police had committed excesses during a procession taken out to protest against the attack on Mayor.

It said the State Government has decided to supersede the corporation.

They said a large number of police forces have been deployed in every nook and corner of the city besides cordoning each and every road and lanes apparently to deal with the protesting citizens.

A tense situation is prevailing in the city, it said.