Tension prevailed for some time in the border area of Maharashtra and Karnataka on Thursday afternoon when a long- march by the members of Maratha community from Lingnur-Kapshi villages of Kagal tehsil of the district to support ongoing "Thiyya Andolan" (sit-in agitation) here was stopped mid-way near the Kagal check point at Lingnur-Kapashi under Karnataka state's jurdiction by the Karnataka Police who refused to allow them to enter Maharashtra at Kagal.
About 400 Marathas from Lingnur-Kapshi and other villages in Kagal tehsil of the district, the last point of Maharashtra state, took out a long-march to Kolhapur to extend their support to ongoing "Thiyya Andolan" at historic Dasara Chowk in city and decided to take a shortcut, that passes through the Karnataka state, to enter Kolhapur at the Kagal check point on border of two states, but the Karnataka Police stopped the long-march and denied them permission to proceed further as a precautionary measure in view of the 'Karnataka Bandh today.
On receiving information, Kagal MLA and former state minister Hasan Mushrif, deputy superintendent of police Suraj Gurav and Karnataka former MLA Kakasaheb Patil rushed to the spot and discussed the situation with both the Karnataka and Maharashtra Police. Later, the situation defused when the Karnataka Police agreed on an alternative arrangement and allowed the Maratha long-march participants to cross the border near the Kagal check post point by private vehicles.
Meanwhile, ongoing indefinite "Thiyya Andolan" by the Maratha Kranti activists, which had started at Dasara chowk here on July 24, entered tenth day today. At Hatkanangale, irate women from the Maratha community offered bangles to Shiv Sena MLA Sujit Minchekar to express their protest against the state government for its inaction on their quota demand.
They also demanded resignation of Minchekar amidst shouting of slogans against him. (UNI)