Karnataka: Activists stop train for half an hour at Belgaum station

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Wed Dec 13 17:51:31 UTC 2006

Date:12/12/2006 URL:
Kannada activists stop train for half an hour at Belgaum station

Staff Correspondent

IN PROTEST: Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists holding a rail-roko
agitation against the Railway Board in Belgaum on Monday.

BELGAUM: Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike detained the
Tirupati-Kolhapur Haripriya Express for over half an hour at Belgaum
Railway Station protesting against the Centre's discriminatory attitude
towards Karnataka and Kannada here on Monday. The activists, led by
district president of the vedike Raju Toppannavar, secretary Arjun
Hampiholi and women wing's leader Shanta T.C., raised slogans against the
United Progressive Alliance government in general and Railway Ministry in
particular for discriminating against Karnataka.

They said the Railway Board had allowed Tamil Nadu to have destination
boards in Tamil on trains running in that State. Though Chief Minister
H.D. Kumaraswamy had already promised to take up the matter with the
Centre, the activists threatened to intensify their protest. Rail roko

Hubli Staff Correspondent reports:

Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staged a rail roko for a while at
the Dharwad Railway Station here on Monday in protest against what they
termed the anti-Kannada policy of the Railway Board.

The protesters stopped the Chalukya Express train for about 15 minutes and
raised slogans against the Railway Board. They alleged that the Railway
Board had been following an anti-Kannada policy from the beginning. They
urged the Board to put Kannada boards on all trains running in Karnataka.


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