The Maharashtra government has suspended bus services to Karnataka as police issued a security alert. The buses are being damaged following the border dispute between the two states.
The state transport department confirmed that the decision to suspend bus services was taken following a security alert from the police department. Maharashtra buses may be attacked inside Karnataka during the agitation related to the border dispute.
A decision on resuming the services will be taken after getting clearance from the police regarding the safety of passengers and buses.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.
The Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Karnataka discussed late on Tuesday and after agreeing to establish peace in the border area, the bus service of both states was started. After this, the CM of Karnataka again tweeted that he will not back down in any way in the border dispute and the fight will continue in the Supreme Court.
The atmosphere in Maharashtra again heated up. Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) workers splashed ink on the board of Karnataka Bank in Nashik. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers splashed ink on the board of Karnataka Bank in Mumbai’s Powai area.
The police detained those involved in the act and later released them. After these incidents, both states stopped the inter-state bus services. Police are alert regarding the border dispute in Maharashtra and elaborate security arrangements have been made.