MES activists stage protest, taken into custody



Belgaum: About 50 activists of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti were taken into custody when they staged a protest here against the inauguration of the second legislature complex, 'Suvarna Vidhana Soudha' by President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow.

The activists were taken into custody when they staged a protest in Bogarve, protesting against the inauguration, police said.

Political parties in Maharashtra have objected to the inauguration, citing the boundary dispute between Karnataka and its neighbouring state.

Maharashtra claims Belgaum belongs to it but Karnataka has maintained the issue had been settled long time ago when the central-government appointed Mahajan Commission in its August 1967 report categorically stated the city was part of Karnataka.

PTI