Mysuru Cops foil BJP's 'Mangaluru Chalo' bike rally

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The BJP is protesting against the murder of 12 workers in the communally sensitive Dakshina Kannada district.

Among those detained were former deputy chief minister R Ashoka, Lok Sabha member Pratap Simha and MLAs Arvinda Limbavali and Satish Reddy. Minutes later they were detained and put in buses and driven away. The Mangaluru Police has only allowed the Opposition party in the state to hold a public meeting at the Nehru Maidan between 11 am and 2 pm.

BJP and Mangaluru City Police are all set for a face off here on Thursday as the former has chose to take out a bike rally from Ambedkar Circle to Nehru Maidan as part of its "Mangaluru Chalo" rally despite the police not permitting it. Police have only permitted BJP to hold a public meet at Nehru Maidan between 11 am and 2 pm on Thursday.

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The BJP has accused Islamist organisations linked to the Social Democratic Party of India for the killing of 12 members of the party, its ideological mentor the RSS and affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the last two years. "We have clarified that bike rally protest will not be allowed due to traffic problems", an India Today report quoted Mangalore police commissioner TS Suresh as saying. Clashes, however, erupted soon after between BJP workers and police after several protesters were stopped on the outskirts of Bengaluru and a few others were detained.

According to the Newspaper, Ashok said that under the Siddaramaiah government, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Bengaluru had turned "safe havens for Islamic terrorists" and the government was playing vote bank politics siding with them.