Palli was attacked in front of a cinema on Saturday
Anti-social element Palli alias Palakshi Nallur, who was attacked in front of a cinema in Hubli on Saturday, died in a hospital on Sunday.
His supporters and the residents of Indira Nagar staged a protest immediately after the news of his death reached them. Traffic at Kittur Chennamma Circle in Hubli came to a grinding halt for close to two hours.
Palaksh's supporters were angry over what they termed as delay in arresting the members of the rival group, who had brutally attacked their leader on Saturday.
The protest began after the ambulance carrying the dead body of the victim reached Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle. While the windshield of a Hubli city bus was damaged during the protest, the rumour that the protesters were pelting stones sent shockwaves in the adjoining areas and the market place resulting in shopkeepers downing the shutters within minutes.
And within minutes after the supporters began the protest, almost all business establishments around the circle closed.
Senior police officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Chandiram Singh rushed to the spot.
They convinced the protesters to withdraw the protest. The situation remained tense around the circle for close to two hours and the traffic police had to divert the vehicles to alternate roads.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chandiram Singh said that the police have arrested three persons in connection with the case and are trying to nab the main accused in the case.
The police have named Banti Bijawad alias Gaikwad, Rajani Bijawad, Shashi Bijawad, Raghya Kalal, Huchchappa, Rizwan and Gouri Shivya as accused in the case.
Another person Pradip Ballary, who was also injured in Saturday's attack, is undergoing treatment at KIMS hospital and is said to be out of danger.