Mangaluru, June 1, 2015: Heavy traffic on Charmadi Ghat was halted for nearly three hours following chaos and fighting between drivers of buses and cars. Belthangady police said Lokesh from Belthangady was driving his car along with three of his friends to Bengaluru. On the Charmadi Ghat, Lokesh overtook a private bus bound to Bengaluru and tried to overtake another bus for nearly five kilometres but failed.
However Lokesh overtook the second bus after a while and stopped his vehicle. There was a heated exchange of words between the bus drivers and his supporters with Lokesh and his friends. The two groups had a hand to hand combat. Lokesh and three of his friends were admitted to a private hospital in Ujire. Bus drivers and their supporters were also injured. The fight created a jam of vehicles on the Charmadi Ghat. The police had a hard time removing the vehicles that were abandoned on the ghat - this type of ’Road rage’ and traffic disruption is seen often these days in the region.