They also blacked out the number plates of some vehicles.
Activists are heading to Belagavi from Bengaluru to hold a large protest against the visit of Maharashtra leaders to Belagavi.
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A heavy police force was deployed at the toll station located on Highway 4 Pune-Bengaluru, to prevent the entry of KRV activists and Narayana Gowda into Belagavi. At the time, heated arguments broke out between the activists and the police.
Speaking to the media, the head of KRV Narayana Gowda strongly condemned the actions of the police department.
“We did not come to Maharashtra to protest but to Belagavi, part and part of Karnataka. It is not fair to block us in the middle of the road. Is this a police state?”, he asked and said. added that he will speak with interior minister Araga Jnaendra on the matter.
“We planned to send a strong message to Maharashtra, which has caused unnecessary disturbance on the border issue. We planned to fly a thousand flags in Belagavi, but were warned. stop,” Gowda expressed anger.
Deepak Gudaganatti, district chairman of KRV expressed displeasure towards the government by alleging that it was a plot to stop the war of Kannadigas by using police power.
The government allowed Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) to organize Marathi Maha Melava and other functions against the state government, but blocked movements to protect the land, language and culture of Karnataka.
KRV leaders Mahadev Talawar, Rudragouda Patil, Mahesh Hattiholi, Ramesh Talawar and other activists were detained by police.