Around 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were detained by the Karnataka Police in the city ahead of the party’s “Mangaluru Chalo” rally, a party spokesperson on Tuesday said.
“We had given a letter requesting for permission for the bike rally to Mangaluru. But were denied permission stating traffic issues,” BJP spokesperson for the state Shantharam told IANS.
“We will continue with the protest rally no-matter-what on September 7,” the spokesperson said.
The state BJP had planned the bike rally and a public meeting to condemn the murders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers in the state.
The Congress-led state government headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, had denied permission for the rally saying it would “disturb the peace and communal harmony” in the state.