This morning saw many riding group members around Bangalore receive a cautionary message. It warned riders from riding towards Chikkballapur. At the Bullali junction near Nandi Upachar, a rider had come in contact with a child on the highway. With the child (an 11-year-old girl) dead, villagers took the highway in huge numbers and targeted every rider using the highway on both sides of the carriageway.
The message was sent forward by a rider who was passing at the time and gauged the seriousness of the situation. While he did manage to ride away, other riders from his riding group were held up in the ensuing violence. The area falls under Aavathi, Devanahalli taluk of Chikkaballapur.
The route is popular for anyone looking to get away from Bangalore for a day as scores of folks from the city head to Nandi hills given the opportunity. This includes riders in large numbers too. The Bangalore based rider and his friends were riding to Anthargange rocks at Kolar, about 80 km from the city.
As news of the accident spread, a mob orchestrated immediate violence and brought all traffic on the highway to a standstill, and threatened further destruction. While police were able to contain the situation in time, mob justice was meted out to all riders passing the highway at the time.
Videos detail the destruction of bikes and the risk riders were exposed to in the hands of a large number of locals who took matters into their hands.
Even now, the situation is said not to be under control. Readers are advised not to use the route until cops clear the situation.