Mangaluru, November 12: Two persons were stabbed by unidentified gang came in a car at Manihalla, Bantwal in the evening on November 12, 2015.
Among the two, on person identified as Harish succumbed to death on the way to the hospital while the other person identified as Samiulla said to be serious. Bantwal and surrounding areas are tense fearing communal flare up.
The 28-year-old motorcyclist Harish and his friend Samiulla were attacked at Manihalla a few minutes after disturbances erupted at B.C. Road on Thursday evening, resulting in the death of Harish.
Earlier, there was tension at B.C. Road on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru National Highway near Bantwal after stones were thrown at Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) activists taking part in a protest meet near the Bantwal Tahsildar Office.
The SDPI had called for a State-wide protest against the death of 24-year-old Sahil, a resident of Siddapura in Kodagu district, following a bullet wound that he suffered when he was returning from Madikeri on Tuesday after attending the Tipu Jayanti celebrations.
The protest was also against the alleged negligence of the Kodagu district administration that led to the disturbances in Madikeri, after which nearly 90 SDPI activists were arrested.
According to eyewitness accounts, stones were thrown just after SDPI activist Haneef finished his speech. Stones were thrown from buildings behind the Tahsildar Office, eyewitnesses said. This resulted in the protesters running in the direction from where the stones were thrown.Immediately, shops and business establishments in the area started closing down. Additional police force was deployed and the angry protesters were sent way.
Superintendent of Police Sharanappa S.D. and other police officers, who are camping at B.C. Road, have brought the situation under control.
The police have launched a search for those who threw stones at the protest meet. The police are verifying whether the attack on the motorcyclists was an isolated one or linked with the stone-throwing incident.
At 7.30 p.m. Harish and Samiulla were attacked by a group of persons who came in a car. Reports reaching here said that Harish and Samiulla, construction labourers, were returning after playing cricket. They had stopped their motorcycle at a shop and were having cool drinks. The unidentified persons attacked the two with sharp objects and fled the spot. Harish died while being brought to hospital. Samiulla has been admitted to a private hospital in Mangaluru.
Meanwhile, SDPI activists staged a protest in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Mangaluru on Thursday evening.