The situation worsened today. The section 144 had been imposed from sunday evening to wednesday morning. Everything looked fine in the morning. Me, Ashank and Amit waited for the bus 47 near our home. Ashank usually prefers 23 but we didnt go today morning. 47 arrives and we are on our way to college. By the time we reach Urwa. Rishitha calls up saying that 23 has been pelted stones and has been stopped. This happened at Kulshekar-Rajat’s stop. Later that morning there was a lathicharge even. We also hear that B3, another bus that takes the bajpe-kateel route hasnt arrrived yet. Our bus passes by with everything looking peaceful. At Kuloor we saw a peaceful Black flag protest. by the time we reached college we heard that some guy had been killed. Us third years cancelled our classes. i decided to wait back at college but when i called home i was told to come home pronto. i had already got a call saying to come back earlier so i decided to catch Bhrams 2 back. so there we were, about 6 form our class, who were going to mangalore. as we neared Surathkal we saw express buses with windshields broken. The buses were ont going any further than Surathkal. The conductor was furious. He said, why didnt they stop buses early morning instead of stoping them now and inconveniencing people. we waited at Surathkal for some time. Local taxis from there to only the outskirts of Mangalore were charging upwards of 350 bucks. One of our friend’d dad arranged a taxi. i got down at Kuntikan and went to my grandma’s place-about 200 mtrs away. Waited there for my dad-he was going around Mangalore. Apparently they had got an order to shut down ATMs in sensitive areas. i believe someone broke the glass at the saibeen’s atm. As i waited for Dad i watched tv9. It showed images of Policemen attacking people who were praying at Churches. People retaliated and were throwing stones at the police. Tear gas shells were dispersed.
i came home. The mangalore traffic looked normal, no local buses but. some shops were open here and there. news at tv9.
since the bjp is in power, i dont think that they would actually catch the bajrang dal activists involved. They actually gave them a clean chit after the latter had accepted that they were responsible for the attacks. They said that they had attacked only Newlife(some christian faction) churches but what they attacked were mainly catholic and other christian churches. The Adoration Monastery, Falnir was attacked yesterday. The chapel was destroyed and sacrament thrown. This is what prompted the protest reaction yesterday. It belongs to the Cloistered carmel i guess. its just a serene place where you come to pray.
There’s a whole lot of bullshit interspersed with politics going on here. Hope this doesnt turn into another Gujarat 😦 because when you are pushed against a wall things can become desperate.