Mumbai, Jul 10: Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar and former Union minister Milind Deora were on Wednesday detained from outside a Mumbai hotel hours after he started a stakeout insisting on meeting the rebel MLA's from his state staying there.
Congress leaders Mr Shivakumar, Mr Deora and Naseem Khan were taken to the BKC police station, while the remaining leaders from Karnataka, camping outside Renaissance Hotel, were quietly asked to leave. This came a couple of hours after Mumbai Police imposed prohibitory orders under Sec 144 of CrPC preventing an assembly of more than four persons near the hotel where the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs from Karnataka were staying. Section 144 of the CrPC prohibits an assembly of more than four persons in an area.
JD(S) MLAs Shivalinge Gowda, GT Devegowda and CN Balakrishna were the other leaders from Karnataka who were detained.Before leaving, they alleged that two BJP leaders from Karnataka were camping inside the hotel and instigating the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLA's to meet them.
Earlier in the morning, Shivakumar turned up at the hotel in Powai area but was prevented from entering to meet the rebel MLAs staying there. His reservation there was cancelled by the hotel authorities citing an emergency and the Mumbai police stopped him saying there was a written complaint from the ten rebel MLAs, saying they feared threat to their life due to his arrival there. (UNI)