In a fresh development, the police in Belgaum on Saturday, January 18, took Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut from Belgaum airport to an unknown destination, said sources. This comes after Raut was barred from visiting the Belgaum district in Karnataka amid the border row with Maharashtra.
Earlier on Saturday, Raut had slammed BJP-led Karnataka government for allegedly barring him from visiting the Belgaum district. Speaking to the media, Raut had said, "Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Rohingyas can enter India but no one from Maharashtra can go to Belgaum. This is wrong. There is a dispute but it should not be so much that restrictions have to be imposed on each other."
On Friday, Shiv Sena alleged that Yedravkar was detained by the police in Belagavi, Karnataka and escorted him to the border. The minister had come to participate in the martyr’s day programme of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES).
Reacting to this, Sena MP Sanjay Raut alleged that the minister was roughed up by the police and not allowed to pay his respects to the martyrs. Taking to Twitter, Raut had announced his visit to Belgaum.
महाराष्ट्राचे मंत्री राजेंद्र येड्रावकर यांना कर्नाटक पोलीसांची धक्काबुक्की..— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) January 17, 2020
हुतात्म्यांना श्रद्धांजली वाहण्या पासून रोखले..महाराष्ट्र भाजपा या कर्नाटकी दहशतवादाचा साधा निषेध तरी करेल काय?
मी ऊद्या बेळगावला जात आहे.
पाहू काय घडतंय.
There has been a longstanding dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over the status of predominantly Marathi-speaking regions such as Belgaum. Speaking in the Maharashtra Assembly on December 20, 2019, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray re-ignited the tensions as he referred to these areas as 'Karnataka-occupied Maharashtra'.
He had said, "Like PoK, there is a Karnataka-occupied Maharashtra. People in Belagavi are not only Hindus but also Marathi-speaking people and wanted to be part of Maharashtra. However, they are facing oppression from the BJP-led government in Karnataka. Even for speaking the truth, the Belagavi mayor was booked for treason."