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Bagalkot tense after stabbing incident

BIJAPUR, AUG. 21. Tension prevailed in Bagalkot town for some time this morning after an unidentified man stabbed a youth.

Many business establishments, including hotels and cinemas, remained closed. A holiday was declared for schools and colleges. Although bus services were normal, many autorickshaws were off the road. Prohibitory orders will be in force till Monday.

The police have arrested 18 persons, who have been remanded in judicial custody till August 30. Some miscreants desecrated the Ambabhavani Temple in the rehabilitation township of Navanagar on Friday night. However, the Superintendent of Police in-charge, S. Shivanand, told The Hindu over phone from Bagalkot that the incident was not related to Friday's violence but occurred out of rivalry between a few priests of the temple.

The buildings owned by controversial "faith-healer", Aslam Baba, near Bagalkot Railway Station has been given full protection. Even after the district administration banned his "medical" practice, his followers replaced the signboards on the building.