S.O. News service, Mangalore, 5 Oct.:
The police opened fire in the air and lobbed scores of teargas shells in some areas of Mangalore city to quell the sudden outbreak of violence in Mangalore and Bantwal taluks on Thursday. Mobs went on the rampage during the bundh called by the Bajrang Dal activists to protest against the illegal transportation of cattle in the district.
The situation was tense in areas like Surathkal, Farangipet, Kannur and Maripalla outside Mangalore. A stabbing incident was reported from an industrial estate near Panambur.
The violence left 42 people including eight policemen injured. The damage to the public property ran into crores of rupees. Section 144 has been imposed in Mangalore and Bantwal taluks for 3 days. The Superintendent of Police B Dayanad said that more than 100 people have been detained in connection with the violence.
According to the SP the trouble began on Wednesday night when a mini truck carrying cattle to a slaughter house was involved in two separate accidents with two jeeps. The jeep drivers reportedly chased the mini truck upto the slaughter house, where a mob gathered and pelted stones and bottles at the jeeps. Before the police rushed to the spot, some other vehicles and a hotel was attacked. But the situation was soon brought under control.
The Bajrang Dal activists, who have a running battle with a particular community over the slaughter of cows, had called for a Mangalore bundh on Thursday.
The city, that had ignored the bundh call on wednesday over the Belgaum issue, was brought down to its knees with schools, colleges, banks, shops and other business establishments remaining closed. The roads wore a deserted look with even the public transport staying off the roads.
But, different parts of the City witnessed violence during the bundh with mobs resorting to pelting of stones and torching private vehicles. The police opened fire in the air at Farangipet area.
They also lobbed several rounds of teargas shells and resorted to repeated caning in many areas including Mangalore City, Farangipet, Kannur, Adyar and Surathkal.
Superintendent of Police B Dayanand told SahilOnline on Thursday night at 11.00 pm that more than 100 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. He assured that the situation is peaceful and under control.
Deputy Commissioner M Maheshwar Rao has ordered closure of all educational institutions in the district till October 7. He has appointed special magistrates to monitor the situation.