Kundapura: Tension prevailed in and around Gangolli, after miscreants set ablaze a shop and several vehicles on Wednesday night.
According to the reports, ‘Kripa Traders’, a shop belonging to Venkatesh Shenoy was set ablaze by miscreants in the wee hours. In addition to it, they also poured petrol on a car, mini lorry, pickup and bike to set them ablaze.
The police said that the CCTV camera which was placed near the spot has recorded the entire scene. The video footage shows three persons were involved in the act. the police have arrested at least 22 persons in connection to the case and are interrogating them.
In another incident, miscreants assaulted one Sathish Bhandary, while he was returning home from the work. The injured Sathish is undergoing treatment in a government hospital. As soon as the news spread, an irate crowd pelted stones on the house belonging to one Hameed of Hangarapete. The police managed to disperse the crowd, with lati charge.
According to the Gangolli police station, a total of over Rs 8 lakh loss has been reported in the communal clash.
Meanwhile, Byndoor MLA K. Gopal Poojary has promised to take strict action against those who indulge in destroying peace in the region. “I have spoken to the Superintendent of Police to maintain law and order. I also met the victims and assured them all the help”, he told the reporters.
The police have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 from January 21 to January 25 midnight in Gangolli, Trasi and Gujjadi areas.