Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Maruti Manpade was allegedly assaulted by a hotel owner on Wednesday in Kalburgi district.
According to a Survarna News report, senior communist leader Manpade was allegedly assaulted by a hotel owner when he and other party workers requested a hotel owner to support the bandh by closing the hotel. The hotel owner allegedly responded by assaulting Manpade, who suffered injuries on his hand.
Speaking to reporters after the assault, Manpade said that he was assaulted because CPI (M) workers had the party would not bow down to such intimidation.
In other parts of the state, however, the bandh has largely been peaceful so far, with the exception of Bengaluru where stone pelting was reported in some areas.
In the state capital, bus services were withdrawn after around 15 buses were damaged in stone pelting in various parts of the city including Mysore Road. The Hindu reports that in places such as KR Puram, protestors had altercations with the police because they wanted to stop vehicular movement in support of the bandh.
Transport services have been completely shut down in Kalaburgi town, and in Davangere district shops and establishments have not been opened on account of the bandh.
As many 570 buses in KSRTC have stayed off the roads in border district Bidar district in support of the bandh. Some trade unions too have expressed support for the all-India bandh.