Bengaluru, Dec 6: North Karnataka Action Committee state unit general secretary Nagesh Golashetty said that the Samiti would stage a protest by hoisting separate state flag during the Winter Session to be held in Belagavi from December 10.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, he said that hundreds of swamijis have warned the government on July 31 that they would hoist the separate flag for separate state and take charge of the state if the state government failed to fulfill their demand within stipulated time. There was a discrimination in all awards.

The state government has more concern toward Mekedatu project, but Mahadayi project was neglected. The government has spent crores of rupees for Dasara celebration, but the leaders from the south have been opposing to spend for Hampi Utsav. Unfortunately, the leaders from North Karnataka have failed to raise voice against this discrimination and they were cowards, he said.

For the development of 13 districts, North Karnataka should be separated. As the people from this region were deprived of power, the region was lagging behind in development. When hundreds of swamijis staged protest in front of the Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi, the state government has promised of shifting some offices and preparing a plan for the development within 15 days. But it has not taken any action so far. Instead, it has continued its discriminatory attitude, he alleged.

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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.

A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders.

The counsel for the Maharashtra government informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.

The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M Kalburgi.

It asked the Maharashtra government's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kolhapur trial court.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.

The state police also told the apex court that it will file a chargesheet in the Kalburgi murder case in three months.

Noted scholar Kalburgi was killed at Dharwad in 2015. Pansare was also killed the same year. Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, whereas rationalist Dabholkar was assassinated on August 20, 2013.

The top court on November 26 had pulled up the Karnataka government for "doing nothing and just fooling around" in the investigation and had indicated that it may transfer the case to the Bombay High Court.

The top court had on January 10 sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the two state governments on the allegation of Uma Devi that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

Kalburgi's wife, in her petition, had alleged that there was common link between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too were assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.

The 77-year old Kalburgi, the former vice chancellor of Hampi University and a well-known epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. Born in 1938, he was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature.