The coastal city of Mangalore located nearly 300 kms to the West of Bangalore on the konkan coast of Karnataka has seen nearly 3 days of intense riots.
The trouble erupted On October 4th at around 9pm. Some Bajrang Dal activists learnt that a Van was illegally transporting cattle to the slaughterhouse in Kudroli and were waiting to intercept the Vehicle.
This particular van enroute met with an accident inside city limits with a Toyota Qualis, a Mahendra bolero and two autorickshaws and then sped away. A case of rash driving. The number of the van was noted by the driver of the Bolero vehicle. The incident occurred between lady hill and Lalbhagh area, from there the Bolero van chased the 407 van right up to Kudroli.
The driver of the tempo meanwhile thought the Bolero was following him in the pretext of attacking the van for transporting cattle and in fear he informed his associates at Kudroli. Upon learning this, a group of men armed with weapons came to the rescue of the tempo driver and attacked two vehicles parked on the street. They also started pelting stones at the nearby shops and the mob that had gathered.
And later that night the Chief of the Bajrang Dal, Vinaya L. Shetty called for a Mangalore Bandh on the next day i.e., Oct 5, 2006 to protest this incident.
On October 5th, Following the bundh call given by Bajarang Dal activists, most parts of the city remained closed. Buses were stopped, tires were burnt on the road and traffic was disrupted near Ekkur and Kottara.Stone pelting incidents also were reported from Farangipet areas.
On October 6th, the Police issued shoot at sight orders after many incidents of rioting, stone throwing and arson which showed no signs of abating.
On October 7th, there was incidents of stabbing and even a shameful incident of burning of an ambulance.
Mr M.P. Prakash the JD(S) Home minister of Karnataka blamed the banned outfit SIMI and in particular a son of a sitting Congress MLA from the area for fomenting the violence.The role of some Hindu groups too has been suspected, he added.
As of now Mangalore and its surrounding areas are still tense, the curfew was relaxed for two hours in the morning today but the night curfew is still on.
This incident again shows the media in poor light instead of playing a constructive role they are trying to fan the communal flames by their irresponsible and biased reporting.