Udupi: Udupi MLA K Raghupati Bhat, and BJP district president, Mattaru Ratnakar Hegde, have blamed Congress activists for forcing people to observe bandh as per the call given by their party on September 10, and held them squarely responsible for unpleasant incidents which happened in Udupi on Monday .
Bhat claimed that the Congress activists resorted to vandalism at several places, while in some cases, the things inside the shops which were open, were thrown out. They blamed the police for becoming mute spectators in such incidents instead of extending protection to shopkeepers.
They claimed that seven to eight workers of BJP including a municipal councillor have been thrashed badly and their nature of injuries are grave. They demanded that the police should identify the attackers and register criminal cases against them.