Mangalore: The bandh called by the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) here was observed with full effect on Friday as the towns and markets sported a deserted look.
Vehicles including buses and auto rickshaws are off the roads, the streets were almost empty and schools and colleges have been given holidays.
The call for bandh was given after a youth named Harish was stabbed to death near BC Road on the night of Thursday, and also to protest against the death of a VHP leader in Madikeri during Tipu Jayanti celebrations.
With section 144 being enforced for three days, only some private vehicles are moving around and this is had affected the general public.
With the auto rickshaw protest, people now are compelled to walk to their destinations as public transport is not available.
There have been minor incidents like burning of tyres at Bikkarnakatte, Padua, and Ullal.
Tight security is in place as police vehicles have been moving around the city, warning the people through the public address system mounted on vehicles not to form crowds or take out demonstrations.
The VHP has called for a bandh in Karnataka on Friday following the escalating tension in the state over the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.
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