The Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue is always a heated atmosphere among the people and leaders of both the states. During the recent hearing in the Supreme Court, Maharashtra and Karnataka bus services were stopped for some time as the weather heated up again. However, ADGP Alok Kumar today welcomed the bus drivers and passengers from Maharashtra at Kognoli toll booth in Nipani taluka with a view to create a harmonious atmosphere in both the states.
The work done by ADGP Alok Kumar today has been commended in the spirit of the Supreme Court’s hearing on the border issue, the border areas of both the states and the Kannada and Marathi speakers should create a bond of friendship and the people of both the states should live in a harmonious environment. He welcomed the bus drivers and passengers of Maharashtra Transport Department by giving them roses at Kognoli toll booth.
Belgaum IG, SP and local police also supported ADPGP Alok Kumar to maintain peace and order in Belgaum. On this occasion, he welcomed the passengers coming from Maharashtra on National Highway No. 4 by offering rose flowers.
A meeting of high-level police officers on the border issue was held under the leadership of ADGP Alok Kumar at Circuit House in Nipani town of Belgaum district. After last week’s Karnataka bus incident in Maharashtra, taking precautions to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future, the issue was discussed. The meeting was organized to avoid any confusion during the hearing in the Supreme Court. Alok Kumar said that this meeting was held as a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident.
Joint check posts have been set up on all three sides in Maharashtra and Karnataka and a total of 21 check posts have been set up on the Belgaum border. Security is also provided. More than 400 buses in Karnataka and 176 buses in Maharashtra are operating within the state. It was discussed in the meeting that the vehicles of both the states should not face any problem. The ADGP made it clear that the Border Coordination Minister of Maharashtra is coming to Belgaum and will not allow any activities that will disturb law and order.
We have no objection to private events, but all the SPs in the border areas have been instructed to take precautions so that law and order does not break down under any circumstances. The ADGP also said that patrolling has also been increased in the wake of the Supreme Court hearing and more police will be deployed if required.