Maharashtra-Karnataka border row: Swarajya Sangathan activists on Wednesday painted black the signboard of Karnataka Bank branch in Maharashtra’s Nashik district amid the ongoing border dispute between the two states.
According to reports, they also raised anti-Karnataka slogans while writing “Jai Maharashtra” on the shutter of the bank.
The organization was founded by Sambhajiraje Bhosale Chhatrapati, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. At least 20 activists of the Sanghatana, dressed in black and carrying saffron flags, staged a protest at the Canada Corner branch of Karnataka Bank on Wednesday morning.
“If organizations from Karnataka feel that they have achieved something big by damaging vehicles from Maharashtra, we warn them that we will not allow a single vehicle from Karnataka to enter Maharashtra. We will not allow people from Karnataka to do any business here,” said Swarajya Sangathan spokesperson Karan Gaykar.
The decades-old dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is deepening
The decades-old dispute between the two states spilled onto the streets on Tuesday with stones pelting vehicles entering Karnataka from the Maharashtra side near a toll booth at Hirebagwadi in the southern state’s Belagavi district.
Similarly, at least four buses from Karnataka were allegedly defaced in Pune district by activists of Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Gaikar said that if the Maharashtra government fails to give a befitting reply to the Karnataka government, the workers of the organization will go to Karnataka.
It is to be noted here that the boundary dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is linked to the implementation of the States Reorganization Act of 1956. The then Maharashtra government demanded readjustment of its boundary with Karnataka.
(With inputs from PTI)