MANGALURU: A day after an activist of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) was hacked to death in Benjanapadavu on the outskirts of the city, tension prevailed in parts of Mangaluru and Kalladka.
Ashraf Kalayi, 35, an autorickshaw driver who was driving towards Benjanapadavu, was killed near Karavali College in Bantwal taluk on Wednesday by three bike-borne men who waylaid his auto and hacked him to death.
Additional director general of police (ADGP) (law and order) Alok Mohan visited the tense Kalladka and Bantwal towns and informed the media that the police had gathered clues regarding Kalayi's killers. Security measures have been beefed up and additional police force from Udupi, Chikkamagaluru and Karwar have been deployed. He also informed that Section 144 had been imposed in Mangaluru and protests would not be allowed anywhere in the district.
When asked why additional superintendent of police CB Vedamurthy was sent on compulsory leave soon after the murder, the ADGP said that the main intention was to ensure effective policing.