Mangaluru: On September 2 as trade unions called for an All India bandh, some miscreants taking advantage of the situation pelted stones at school and college buses in the city.
At Nanthur, miscreants on a bike pelted stones at the Alva’s school bus and fled from the spot. Similar incidents were reported at Padil circle, Garodi, Kankanady, Jeppinamogeru and other places.
One of the occupants in Alva’s bus speaking to Mangalorean.com said, “The bus driver had picked us at 7:45 am from Kadri. When our bus reached near Nanthur, two youth on a two wheeler came from the opposite direction, pelted stones at our bus and fled. The staff also said that the miscreants fled towards Coconut Garden Lane. There were 15 staff in the bus and as there was no holiday declared by our college, the management arranged the bus for us.”
A similar incident occurred in front of the Garodi temple, where a Canara Engineering College bus which was plying towards the college was pelted with stones at Garodi by two youth on a two wheeler. The driver of the bus Rajan Kumar speaking to Mangalorean.com said, “I was taking 35 persons including students and staff towards the college when, at Garodi, two youth came on a two wheeler and pelted stones. Before I could see the number of the bike they fled from the spot. The stone hit my shoulder after passing through the front windshield. In such situations, police protection is needed.”
Police have been deployed at every junction to avoid any untoward incidents. Being aware of this situation, miscreants pelted stones on vehicles where the police were not deployed.
Speaking to mangalorean.com, Radha, who was at the spot of an incident, said, “Let the bandh be observed but who gave them the right to damage vehicles? This is not the way to fight for justice. Harming the public or damaging property is a crime and the culprits should be punished severely.”
Most of the shops were seen doing business as usual. People were seen shopping for day-to-day commodities.