Cops, BJP workers clash during bike rally, former CM Yeddyurappa detained

10 September, 2017, 17:19 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje shouting
slogans from a bus after she was arrested in
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Amid a tense stand-off, BJP workers started pouring in hordes at Jyoti Circle, starting 9.30am.

A video of MP Nalin Kumar Kateel threatening police for detaining the BJP workers-who had come to take part in Mangaluru Chalo and were kept in a hall-went viral on Thursday.

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Several party leaders including state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa are expected to address the rally.

The Mangaluru Police Commissioner had earlier on Thursday said that the force would not allow the BJP Yuva Morcha to carry out a bike rally in the city and that they will arrest those who ignore the police order. On Tuesday, anti-Hindutva journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified persons in Bengaluru. After detention of party workers, they were lodged at Gorakshanath Hall, situated in front of Kadri Park. 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. Mr. Kateel told The Hindu that he went to Mr. Nayak after learning that the workers, including women, had been detained for three hours, without food or water.

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Apart from Yeddyurappa, other leaders, including Jagadish Shettar, R Ashoka and K S Eshwarappa, were detained and released later. Enraged MP is seen threatening to call for a DK bandh. The protesors demanded that the government ban PFI, SDPI and KFD and also demanded the resignation of Dakshina Kannada District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai.

They also took around 120 people including MP Pratap Simha, City BJP President Dr. B.H. Manjunath, BJP Corporators and others into preventive custody and were taken to the CAR Grounds. "Think before touching our workers", he dared. Former minister Shobha Karandlaje said the Congress is scared of just one bike rally and the BJP has many more weapons which it will use.

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