Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has appealed to the State Government to withdraw curfew imposed on Mangalore city. The curfew should be imposed only in trouble prone areas, it said.

In a letter to Malathi Das, Chief Secretary, a copy of which was released to the Press today, John Prasad Menezes, president, KCCI, said that over one lakh self-employed people and over four lakh others had been affected owing to the curfew.

Police force

He said that strong police force be deployed in the city for two months.

A few platoons of the Rapid Action Force and Central Reserve Police Force should be stationed here to protect vital places such as the oil refinery, airport, port, railway stations and Government offices.

The KCCI said the Government should focus on restoration of supply of essential commodities to the city. There was need to restore normality in the transportation for people. Industries and other enterprises should be encouraged to resume production.