Kumta: Peace returned to Kumta after a brief period of tension on Friday. There had been a strain in the region following clashes between two different communities outside the police station.
Tension had simmered when a alleged right wing activists assaulted a youth on Friday during a 'Ram Ratha' procession. The assault victim was identified as Huzaif Shaikh, aged 25.
However, when Huzaif's kin appeared at the police station to file a complaint against the assaulters, another large group of right wing activists gathered outside and began protesting.
The activists alleged that Huzaif was attacked because he had shown shoes to the procession, a claim denied by Huzaif. According to what Uttara Kannada SP Vasanth Rao Patil said, two seperate cases have been registered. One against the attackers of Huzaif and another against the assault victim Huzaif himself.
Angered over the cases against the assaulters, right wing activists called a bandh on Saturday. Despite police presence, citizens complained that many shops were forcefully shut down by right wing activists. The police also had to resort to a mild Lathi Charge to disperse a bike rally for which permission was not spought.
However, the situation is returning to normal. "Situation is peacefull and everything is under control", said Bhatkal DySp Shiv Kumar. He also added that police have also filed a case against those people who took the bike rally without police persmission.