Belthangady, Nov 02, 2015: Attempts were made to unauthorisedly hoist separate Tulu state flags in at least two places in Belthangady taluk on Kannada Rajyotsava Day on November 1. In the first case reported from near the Ambedkar Bhavan in the town, police detained some activists of Tulunadu Okkoota including its President Shailesh RJ while they were making arrangements to hoist the Tulu flag, to oppose the controversial Yettinahole Project.
In another case reported from Pulithadi in Uppinangady, some activists had hoisted the Tulu flag even before the authorities arrived at the spot. Though Uppinangady SI Timmappa Naik who rushed to the spot directed the people concerned to bring the flag down, it went unheeded as the activists argued they had every right to do so. Meanwhile Puttur ASP PB Rishwanth too arrived and finally the local Gram Panchayat administration lowered the flag amid stiff protest by the activists. Dr Niranjan Rai of Anti-Netravathi Diversion Action Committee and several other activists were present.