Mangaluru: Violating the prohibitory orders imposed in Mangaluru under section 144, protesters on Thursday demonstrated against the NRC and CAA near Deputy Commissioner’s office.

To disperse the crowd, police personnel sorted to Lathi Charge and detained several protesters.

Meanwhile the police personnel also manhandled a Vartha Bharati Journalist Ismail Zaorez, who was covering the protests along with a group of reporters and mediapersons at the spot.

“I was taking the videos when a group of policemen dragged me into the middle and started charging me. Despite having ID attached to my collar and repeatedly telling them that I was a media person they charged at me. One of the officer snatched my ID card” Ismail said.

“Luckily some of the reporters came to my rescue and convinced the officers that I was from the media. My ID card was later handed back to me” Ismail added.

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Mumbai (PTI): Maharashtra BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Thursday claimed that his party has the support of 170 MLAs, way above the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House that is necessary to form a government in the state.

The BJP is set to return to power in the state with the support of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, leading to the collapse of the 31-month-long three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

Speaking to reporters here, former minister Mahajan said, "We have a support of 170 MLAs. We can comfortably face a floor test whenever we are asked to prove majority."

The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 13 legislators.

Meanwhile, sources said that Eknath Shinde will reach Mumbai from Goa this afternoon to hold talks about government formation with BJP leaders.

Shinde had landed in Goa from Guwahati on Wednesday night with a group of 50 MLAs, of whom 39 are Sena dissidents, while others are independent legislators and those from small parties.

It is not yet clear if the Shinde-led group will merge with any party. Shinde Wednesday night reiterated that they are Shiv Sainiks and will remain in Shiv Sena.