BJP workers clash with police after Mangalore Chalo rally


The BJP had a plan to hold a bike rally to protest the killing of Hindus in Mangalore.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha also demanded a ban on Social Democratic Party of India, Popular Front of India and Karnataka Forum for Dignity, describing them as "radical" outfits responsible for the "unrest" in coastal region.

The BJP defied prohibitory orders by various district police authorities to carry out the rally demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into killings of at least 23 workers (since September 2015) of right wing organizations like the Rashtriya Swayam Sangha (RSS), Bajrang Dal and the BJP, among other things, and criticizing the state government over the law and order situation in the state.

The workers even forcefully removed barricades put up to prevent them from marching towards rally point when they were taken into custody.

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Reports say reserve police and the Rapid Action Force personnel had been deployed for controlling crowds, but they were clearly outnumbered by BJP protesters gathered at the Nehru Maidan.

Several party leaders including state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa are expected to address the rally. But the police were not lenient and stopped the workers when they tried to carry out the bike rally. They said they would take out a rally for about 1.5 km from Ambedkar Circle and threatened to lay siege to the DC's office. Several bikes were seized. "Yeddyurappa is here, do not worry", Ashoka said.

Mangaluru: MP Nalin Kumar was caught on a video shouting at a police inspector for detaining BJP workers at Go Rakshana Hall in the city. He got into a ugly verbal spat with Maruti Nayak, Police Inspector Mangaluru East Police Station and went to the extent of threatening to give a call for Dakshina Kannada Bandh over what the MP perceived was haughtiness on part of the police.