Five people injured in violence following attack on Churches

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Mangalore, Sept 14 (UNI) five people including three policemen were injured while police fired in the air to quell a mob protesting against the attack on nine places of worship in the southern districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur.

When lathi charge and lobbing of teargas shells failed to control the situation, which saw large groups of people protest against the attack allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists turned violent in Milagris in the city.

Stones were pelted which left eight vehicles, including a police officers vehicle damaged. Police have so far arrested five persons in the incident.

While four places were attacked in the city, three others were attacked in Udupi district and two in Chikmagalur. This resulted in large group come out in streets and protest the attack.

Traffic was disrupted in the city and the highway connecting Udupi while buses were off the roads for most part of the day.

The injured included a journalist and a nun during the violence that led to firing in the air near Kankanady in the city.

Meanwhile Union Minister for Labour Oscar Fernandes condemned the attack appealed to the people to remain calm.

KPCC president Mallikarjun Kharge while condemning the attack demanded the resignation of home minister V S Acharya who belonged to DK district.

(Ed: Pickup suitably from earlier series).

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