Bharat Bandh cripples normal life in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi

Source: DHNS | Published on 11th September 2018, 12:05 PM | Coastal News | State News |

Mangaluru: The private and KSRTC buses withdrew services in view of the nationwide bandh call given by the Congress and allied parties on Monday, affecting the normal life in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

With buses staying off roads, several passengers were stranded at the KSRTC bus stand in Bejai. Suspension of bus service inconvenienced the office-goers, resulting in thin attendance in government offices.

Taking advantage of the situation, a few auto drivers fleeced the passengers, demanding extremely high fares from the railway station and the KSRTC bus stand.

Anticipating inconvenience to students, the district administration had declared a holiday for schools and colleges.

Miscreants pelted stones at long-route KSRTC bus at BC Road in Bantwal and a private bus at Balmatta in Mangaluru in the wee hours. Tyres were burnt in the middle of the road at a few places in DK district.

Majority of the business establishments and hotels remained closed till noon. The roads in Mangaluru wore a deserted look with a few private cars, two-wheelers plying. The Central Market wore a deserted look. The fish market at State Bank area was open with a few buyers.

A helmet-borne man pelted stones at a cafe in Shivabagh, Mangaluru. The incident has been captured on a CCTV camera.

Security

The police had beefed up security to check any untoward incident during the day. City Police Commissioner T R Suresh said the police have kept a strict vigil on the anti-social elements. As many as four KSRP and 10 CAR platoons, 1 DCP, 4 ACPs, 25 police inspectors, 30 police sub-inspectors, 1,000 civic police personnel and 150 home guards were deployed for maintaining law and order in Mangaluru City Police Commissionerate.

Under the Dakshina Kannada Police jurisdiction, 2 DySPs, seven inspectors, 20 sub-inspectors, 40 ASIs, 400 head constables/constables, 175 home guards in addition to 6 platoons of KSRP and 3 DAR platoons were deployed.

Commotion

There was a commotion at Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi Circle) when Mangaluru City South MLA Vedavyasa Kamath’s car passed through the road. The protesters shouted slogans against the MLA. The legislator got down from the car and addressed a section of reporters and said, “The state government has misused the government machinery for the bandh. A few protesters have forced the traders to shut shops and stopped the movement of autorickshaws. Protesters have allegedly pulled a few passengers out of autorickshaws. The pelting of stones at hotels is not good. The bandh is anti-people.” 

He met City Police Commissioner T R Suresh at the spot and demanded to know, what actions have been taken against wrongdoers.

MLAs’ car hit

Miscreants pelted stones at the car in which Bantwal MLA Rajesh Naik was travelling in at Bolangady in Bantwal. The BJP workers took out a protest march to Bantwal town police station. The MLA filed a complaint against miscreants stating that the protesters had tried to disrupt him from discharging his duties as an MLA.

 

BJP, Congress workers clash in Udupi town, 10 injured

Udupi: The Udupi police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the clashing Congess and the BJP workers here during the nationwide bandh call given by the Congress and other political parties, on Monday. 

As the arguments between the Congress and BJP workers turned violent, the police wielded the lathi to quell the mob. In the melee, several persons, including CMC members, were injured.

During the clash, BJP CMC member Prabhakar Poojary was injured while in the lathi charge more than 10 persons, including Congress CMC member Ramesh Kanchan, Vijay Poojary, R K Ramesh, Girish Anchan were injured.

It all began when the Congress workers were taking out a protest march against the rise in fuel prices. A BJP workers shouted slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This led to altercation between the Congress and BJP workers. As the argument continued, a Congress worker pelted stones at BJP CMC member Prabhakar Poojary, which escalated tension in Udupi town.

Though the police appealed to maintain law and order, both BJP and Congress workers continued the heated exchange and attempted to assault each other in the presence of SP Lakshman Nimbargi.

To bring the situation under control, the police personnel, including SP, resorted lathi charge.

10 booked for violence

The Udupi police have booked cases against 10 persons who were part of violence on the charges for unlawful assembly and obstructing the government officers on duty.

Of 10 , six are BJP workers and four are from Congress. All ten are treated at government hospital and once they are discharged, the police will take them into custody, said SP Lakshman Nimbargi.

Following the incident, Udupi Tahsildar Pradeep Kurdekar clamped Prohibitory Orders in Udupi CMC jurisdiction, till 6 am of September 11.

Accordingly, public meetings, assembly of five or more persons and processions are banned.

Additional police personnel have been deployed in Udupi to prevent any untoward incidents.

No bus service

All the private and KSRTC buses did not operate in Udupi district following the bandh. However, the BJP supported the business establishments and the taxi and auto drivers continued their business to oppose the bandh call against the Central government.

The city, service and KSRTC bus shelters wore a deserted look.

In Byndoor,the Congress workers, led by former MLA Gopal Poojary, staged a protest on national highway. In Brahmavar and Saligrama, the bandh call evoked a good response, affecting the normal life.

In Kundapur, there was mixed response to the bandh call, the Congress workers stopped the heavy vehicles carrying goods at Shastri Circle. The protesters tried in vain to close the banks. The police intervention stopped them from forcibly shutting down the business establishments.

There was mixed response for bandh in Karkala, Kaup and Padubidri. The members led by former minister Vinay Kumar Sorake staged a protest in Kaup.

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