A Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus was stoned and was tried to set a blaze near Gavani Cross on Pune-Bangalore NH4 in Nippani by a few Pro Kannada activists. The incident occurred at about 12.30 pm yesterday. The driver and conductor were also attacked and the driver was beaten up as he tried to douse the fire near the front of the bus.
It was also interesting to see the visuals almost live on Kannada channels as it seemed they had prior information.
After the incident MSRTC stopped all its services and KSRTC sighting reciprocative action stopped all its buses going to Kolhapur. However later the long distance buses going to other parts of Maharashtra were on schedule except buses going to Kolhapur. Now the buses go only upto the border.
The passengers were not allowed to alight down but all some how managed to alight and no one was injured.
The Pro Kannada activists are believed to have made this attack as sign of protest against the Govt giving the permission to hold the Maha Melava (Convention) in Yellur village, which is being held today.
The convention is being held in Yellur to make the demand that Belgaum be made a union territory until the court decides the border dispute.
The city area is calm and there is no tension of any sorts other than a huge police presence all over the city. About 20,000 people are expected to attend the convention.