Hotels, shops in Kolhapur shut over video from Bengaluru | Kolhapur News

KOLHAPUR/BENGALURU: Shops and hotels owned by Kannada-speaking people were closed in Kolhapur on Saturday, while vehicles with Karnataka registration plates faced hurdles over the desecration of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in Bengaluru.
On Friday evening, a video of the desecration went viral on social media, which led to protests in parts of Maharashtra, including Pune. On Saturday, black ink was thrown at Karnataka-registered vehicles on the Pune Bengaluru National Highway.
In Mirage town of Sangli district, cars with Karnataka license plates were vandalized and two buses in Karnataka state were pelted with stones.
In Pune, members of various political parties and other organizations protested against the incident. Members of an organization stopped buses to Karnataka from Pune and painted portraits of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the chariots at Shirur. Similarly, members of a political party carried out an act of agitation against the Karnataka government in Swargit.
Rajya Sabha MP Sambhaji Raj Chhatrapati said: “The desecration of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue is highly condemned. The center and the Karnataka state government should take serious action against the perpetrators.”
Chief of Kolhapur district of Shiv Sena Sanjay Pawar said, “This will not be accepted. The perpetrators must be punished immediately. Otherwise, our emotions will only get worse.”
Meanwhile, Bengaluru police launched a manhunt for the people involved in the desecration of the statue at Bashyam Circle in Sadashivanagar on Friday night. The incident surfaced on Saturday morning after passers-by alerted police, who cleaned up the statue and deployed additional personnel to thwart any backlash.
Police have registered the FIR based on a complaint from members of the Karnataka Maratha Charity Association (KMWA). Police invoked various sections of the Indian Penal Code including 153-A (promoting disharmony, hostility or hatred between different groups on the basis of religion, language or race) and 427 (causing damage to public property) against unknown persons.
Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police (center) M N Anushit said: “This special statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is located inside the park near the lake. The miscreants crept into the garden at night and smeared the paint.”
Another senior official said all judicial DCPs in Bengaluru have been alerted to remain vigil over statues in their areas. “Also, more police personnel have been deployed at the KSRTC Bus Station, where buses arrive and depart from Maharashtra,” he said.
The incident comes amid rising tension in the Bilagavi district, located on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, and the burning of the Kannada flag in Kolhapur on December 15. On Friday morning, a Kannada activist burned a flag in Chitradurga.


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