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The Indian Herald

January 22, 2009

Now Maharashtra bank targeted in Karnataka

Activists of Karnataka Raksha Vedi (KRV) vandalised the Bank of Maharahashtra (BoM) in Bangalore over the dispute regarding the claim of both states on Belgaum.

The KRV workers went on rampage at the BoM's branch at Gandhi Nagar in Bangalore (now called Bengaluru) and damaged the office. They blackened the signboard and raised slogans against Maharahstra.

Earlier, a Karnataka bank was targeted in Maharashtra and a theatre showing Kannada film was ransacked in Pune. The Shiv Sena and MNS cadre have been threatening to target Kannadigas and their property in Maharashtra.

The latest cycle of violence started after a Karnataka state bus was set ablaze in Latur in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has issued a warning to Karnataka government on the anti-Marathi violence in Karnataka.

The dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra dates back to the state re-organisation after independence when parts of Belgaum district that have sizeable Marathi-speaking population were included in the Karnataka state.

TIH Bureau

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