Mangaluru, July 7, 2017 (DHNS): The Mangaluru police on Friday detained Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Chikkamagaluru-Udupi MP Shobha Karandlaje for attempting to stage a protest condemning the assault on RSS worker Sharath.
Inspite of having prohibitory order under Section 144, two BJP MPs along with 3,000 pro-Hindu welfare outfits had gathered in busy BC Road in protest against the assault on a RSS worker.
Along with Nalin Kumar and Shoha, Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar, MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik, Bajrang Dal leader Sharan Pumpwell and former minister Nagaraj Shetty were also detained.
All the detained Vedike activists have been arrested and taken to Belthangady and Puttur.
As the Vedike had called for a protest on Friday, the police had strengthened security at B C Road. When the activists started gathering for staging a protest, the police detained the leaders. As a large number of people had gathered, the police had stopped the movement of vehicles from Mangaluru to B C Road on N H 75. After the police detained all the activists, the movement of vehicles were restored.
Even a few shops had remained closed where the activists had gathered. IGP (Western range) Harishekaran, DK SP Sudheer Kumar Reddy are camping at the spot and closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakat Bhat too had arrived at the spot and left the venue within a few minutes.