Bantwal, Feb 20, 2015: Tension prevailed at Vittal town on February 19, Thursday night following an incident wherein a youth was reportedly assaulted by a gang of assailants at the bus stand area. The assailants even damaged the bike belonging to the victim named Abdul Naveed (18) from Okkettur.
The injured Abdul has been hospitalised in Vittal. It is said the group assaulted Abdul after there arose an altercation between him and a bus driver over the issue of taking a reverse when Abdul was at the bus stand in his bike.
However, Thursday night’s incident is said to be a continued part of a dispute between two groups over the issue of cattle trafficking earlier in the day. Sources said the efforts made by the local circle inspector to settle the issue had been in vain.
Meanwhile, people belonging to rival groups assembled in front of the police station forcing the cops to resort to a mild lathi charge to quell the mob.
Circle Inspector Belliappa has informed that the situation in the town was under control at present.