The Karnataka police on Thursday detained several BJP workers and party leaders who were staging protest against the alleged killing of Hindu activists in the coastal region of the state.
The Yuva Morcha of the saffron party organised "Mangaluru chalo" rally in their protest.
Senior party leader and former CM B S Yeddyurappa, former BJP President Prahlad Joshi, former deputy chief minister R Ashoka and KS Eshwarappa, Lok Sabha member Pratap Simha and Nalin Kumar Kateel, and former minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu were detained by the police.
The locals witnessed heavy traffic jam between Ambedkar Circle and Deputy Commissioner's Office due to agitation. The office goers faced hard time in the morning.
The police denied permission to BJP leaders who wanted to take out bike rally and procession. The denial led to arguments between the police and and BJP leaders. As many as 2,500 party workers were gathered at Ambedkar circle.
The police took party leaders in custody when they started moving towards DC office from Ambedkar Circle in the afternoon. The police also deflated tyres of the buses carrying party leaders and workers to the venue.