The police burst tear-gas shells, resorted to lathi-charge and fired rubber bullets to disperse an unruly mob that blocked the Bangalore-Mysore highway at the Fountain Circle (Ambedkar Circle) here on Friday, to protest against the burning of a flex banner of Ambedkar.

The protesters, who wanted to stage a dharna at the circle, started pelting stones on the policemen, injuring more than a dozen of them.

The injured policemen were treated at a hospital.

Six persons from Gandhinagar area were arrested for the stone-throwing.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Basavaraj Malagatti told The Hindu that those who burnt the flex banner were yet to be traced. Prohibitory orders had been imposed in the area till Saturday, he said.

Traffic came to a standstill early in the morning and normality was restored only by afternoon

Mayor M.C. Rajeshwari, who visited the spot, promised that the culprits would be brought to book soon. Additional reinforcements had been deployed and the vigil would continue in the area, Mr. Malagatti added.

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