Karnataka damaged sign and name boards of Tamil Nadu, a
committee has been formed by the district administration here
to conduct a survey of such markings in areas bordering the
neighbouring state and relocate them, if needed, to avert
recurrence of such incidents.
District Collector C Kathiravan on Wednesday said the
panel members would visit all border points with Karnataka in
Thalavadi and Burgur areas in this western district and would
take steps to relocate any sign or name board found placed
within the territorial limits of the neighbouring state.
The committee, comprising officials of the Revenue and
Highways department, would take steps to remove such boards
and re-install them within Tamil Nadu''s limits, some meters
away from the exact state border, he told reporters here.
It was set up on Tuesday to prevent such incidents, he
said, referring to miscreants damaging the signboards of the
Highways Department and the Erode District Panchayat council
in Tamil and English in Binapuram area in Thalavadi taluk on
The vandalisation came close on the heels of a similar
incident on Januaruy 10 when a group led by Kannada Chaluvali
Vatal Paksha leader Vattal Nagaraj entered Ramapura locality,
also in Thalavadi taluk, and allegedly dismantled and threw
away name boards of district panchayat and highways
Such boards are kept in border areas to indicate the
start of Tamil Nadu limits and the division or sub-division of
the state highways the locality falls and also to either
''welcome'' or ''thank'' visiting people.
The back-to-back incidents, which came in the backdrop of
a row between Maharashtra and Karnataka over some border areas
where Marathi speaking people live, had sparked off outrage
among people in Tamil Nadu with the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal
Katchi giving a call for a protest.
The situation in the areas was now calm but police
personnel continued to be posted there, police said on
The group from Karnataka that vandalised name boards on
Sunday claimed that Thalavadi belonged to their state, echoing
the stand of Nagaraj. PTI CORR NVG