BELAGAVI, September 30, 2015
Tension gripped Belagavi city following eruption of violence in communally-sensitive areas of the city late on Monday night.
In what appeared to be a planned attack, a car was damaged and an autorickshaw set ablaze near the Traffic Police Station in Kacheri galli.
Window panes of several houses were shattered in stone-pelting in several areas during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Stones were also pelted on a traffic police vehicle.
Communal clashes had erupted in Chikkodi in Belagavi, and Mudhol in Bagalkot district, in the last fortnight.
Following the incident at Belagavi on Monday night, police burst tear-gas shells to disperse the violent and unruly groups. One person was admitted to hospital. Market Police Inspector Ramesh Gokak also sustained minor injuries. Eyewitness accounts said stones suddenly started raining on their houses around midnight, with the attackers shouting provocative slogans. A pile of stones of similar size were found in Kadak galli, suggesting a planned attack.