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Bengaluru tense after RSS activist hacked with machetes on busy road

Bengaluru: Pohibitory orders have been issued for some parts of Bengaluru amid a bandh call in protest against the gruesome murder of Rudresh R, an activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the Karnataka capital on Sunday.

Around noon yesterday, two unidentified men on a motorbike hacked 35-year-old Rudresh R to death with machetes near a busy shopping complex on Bengaluru's Commercial Steet.

Rudresh was coming back from a meeting of the RSS on his bike when he was attacked.

The men knocked Rudresh off his bike, attacked him with machetes and then ran away. The RSS activist was taken to the Bowring hospital nearby in an autorickshaw, but was declared brought dead.

Search is on for the attackers and the police is looking into all possible motives for the murder, including personal rivalry.

Rudresh worked as a construction contractor and is survived by his wife and two children.

The RSS has been staging protests in parts of Bengaluru since Sunday afternoon and has today called for a shutdown in the city's Shivajinagar constituency, the area in which Rudresh led an RSS unit.

To avoid any untoward incident, the police have banned large gatherings in the area. Main opposition party the BJP has called for state-wide protests against the RSS activist's killing and has demanded quick action against the attackers.