Stone-pelting arson during bandh over BJP workers death PU exams unhinderedCrowd gathered on Sunday evening after the murder
news Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:22

Instances of stone-pelting and arson were reported from Mysuru on Monday morning, during a bandh called over the murder of BJP worker the previous evening.

Protesters pelted stones at three buses including private buses on Monday morning, and there were reports of a bike being set ablaze. Currently, the situation is under control and pre-university exams are being conducted unhindered.

Right-wing groups called for a bandh on Monday to protest against the murder of BJP worker Raju in the Udayagiri area of the city on Sunday evening.

Udaygiri station Inspector Santhosh said that 34-year-old Raju attacked with sharp weapons near a tea shop at Netaji circle by a group of men who arrived on a motorcycle.  He died on the spot and his body was shifted to KR Hospital mortuary. 

Santhosh said,"We are trying to bring the situation back to normal. There is no forceful closure of shops however, a few shops have remained closed since the information of bandh has already spread."

VHP Karnataka has issued a statement condemning the murder of the Hindu worker. VHP secretary TAP Shenoy claimed that Raju was attacked by a Muslim mob and urged the government to arrest the culprits.

The Udaygiri area has seen violence in the past. In 2008, there were riots in the Udaygiri-Kyatamaranahalli area in April and later in July. In August 2009, a 14-year-old boy was killed and over 40 people were injured in communal violence.

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