Residents of this village, about 8 km from Udupi, vouch for harmony among people of all communities.

They view Wednesday’s incident of stone pelting at the Jumma Masjid as a deliberate attempt to disturb peace. A retired teacher, who did not want to be named, said the people in the village had been living harmoniously for decades. “When I suffered a heart attack nearly 30 years ago, it was my Muslim neighbour who rushed me to a private hospital in Udupi. I have lived here for over seven decades,” he said.

Assembly polls

An elderly woman in the village said: “All these things are happening just because of the Assembly elections. These are acts of a few misguided youth.”

“Only a few activists of the Sangh Parivar want to create a problem between Hindus and Muslims. They are a very tiny minority. Our relations with communities have been very good,” said a youth.