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Mangaluru: The police have detained eight people in connection with the assault on a 24-year-old man after pulling him out of a Bengaluru-bound bus Thursday night for travelling with a girl who allegedly belonged to a different community.

Addressing reporters here, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said a group of people stopped a private bus at Kankanady and stabbed the man with a sharp weapon. The man was admitted to a private hospital after the incident took place.

The commissioner said an inquiry is in progress into the incident and the police have detained eight people. A case has also been registered against the accused.

Three to four such moral policing incidents have been reported in the last two months, the commissioner added.

The man and the woman were known to each other and the latter was on her way to Bengaluru looking for a job in digital marketing, he said.

The commissioner said tight security will be arranged in public places like bus stands, beaches and parks in evenings and nights to keep check of such incidents.

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