District unit of Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M) staged a demonstration outside the office of Deputy Commissioner here on Monday demanding the government to ban ‘Pankti bheda’ (separate seating arrangements for Brahmins and non-Brahmins while serving food).

Condemning the recent incident where Vanita Shetty, an assistant lecturer at the School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, was allegedly told to leave the dinning hall meant for Brahmins in Sri Krishna Math. The agitating activists demanded that those who practiced caste-based discrimination be booked.

A memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister was submitted to the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

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