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Language row: Pro-Kannada activists warn of stir

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), July 24:- Kannada activist Chandrshekar Patil, Actor Prakash Belwadi on Sunday warned Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that if his government doesn’t stop using Hindi in Namma Metro signboards, they will launch an agitation including jail bharo.

Patil and Belawadi said that they were against the police who have booked Kannada activists under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 153A section that were not only irrelevant but also made it difficult for activists to get bail.

The action by police came after the pro-Kannada activists masked the Hindi signboards on Namma Metro despite the stern warning issued by state not to indulge in unlawful activities.

Patil stated that seven Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists were arrested on July 20 for allegedly defacing Hindi words on boards outside KR Market station and booked under various sections of IPC by police.
Section 153A is about ‘promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, and place of birth, residence, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony’. Police also booked protesters under Sections 143 (members of unlawful assembly) and 427 (mischievous act ending in loss or damage of property).

Belawadi questioned the Centre insisting on using Hindi in Namma Metro signboards despite the letter from state secretaries which says there is no need to use Hindi on Namma Metro signboards and BMRCL officials have also agreed saying only Kannada and English are sufficient.
-(NAV, Input: Agencies)

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