Situation in M'lore tense but under control

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Mangalore, Sep 16: The situation in the city, which witnessed widespread violence following attack on places of worship in Daxina Kannada and Udupi Districts, is tense but under control even as a bandh call given by Srirama Sena to protest the attack on its cadre evoked good response.

Normal life in the port city was disrupted as vehicles remained off the roads while schools and colleges were closed.

Tight security arrangements have been made in the entire city which witnessed attacks on police personnel for 'failure to prevent attack on religious places.

Meanwhile, district police said over 150 people were rounded-up after the violent incidents.

In a related incident, four people belonging to pro-Hindu organisations were injured when their vehicles were attacked by a mob at Kalladka and Attavar on the outskirts of the Mangalore City last night. Four buses and a car were pelted with stones.

As a precautionary measure, the district administration declared a holiday for all educational institutions in Mangalore City and taluk while extending prohibitory orders under Sec 144 Cr Pc for two more days.

Home Minister V S Acharya, camping in the city since yesterday, informed UNI today the situation had been brought under control and no fresh untoward incidents were reported so far.

Police from Udupi were asked to be ready for deployment in the city in case of any emergency.

''The local police have efficiently managed the situation so far,'' he added.

Meanwhile, JD(S) National President and Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and KPCC President Mallikarjuna Kharge were expected to visit the strife-torn places here.


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