Udupi: A total of seven cases were filed in the town, women's, and Manipal police stations relating to frictions between workers of Congress and BJP during the Bharat Bandh call given by Congress with support of many organizations.
Ten persons including Congress municipal councillors, Ramesh Kanchan, Vijaya Poojary, former councillor, R K Ramesh and Gopal Poojary, BJP municipal councillors, Prabhakar Poojary and Girish Anchan, have been arrested by the police. Out of them, Ramesh Kanchan, who was injured in caning incident on Monday, is being treated in the government hospital at Ajjarakad.
The government hospital has been provided with security and a contingent of Karnataka State Reserve Police has been posted there. In total, 30 persons have been taken into custody, said district superintendent of police (SP), Laxman Nimbargi. He said that steps would be taken to arrest the remaining persons soon.
SP Nimbargi stated that caning was resorted to as there was apprehension of the situation going out of control. He said that the town is calm now, and two contingents of KSRP have been posted in the town and another contingent at Kundapur.