Three persons were killed and several others were injured in Bengaluru after violence erupted between police and protesters over a pejorative Facebook post posted allegedly by a relative of a Congress MLA about the Prophet Mohammed.
A protester set many vehicles on fire and surrounded to MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house. Mr. Murthy’s nephew Naveen, who allegedly posted the message on Facebook has been arrested. Police open fired burst teargas shells and lathi-charged mobs that attacked KG Halli and DJ Halli police stations late Tuesday night.
24 four-wheelers were set on fire; 200 bikes kept at a police station were also set on fire. A police station was damaged in the violence. The attack on journalists, police, and the public was unpredictable.
“DJ Kalli and KG Kalli saw violent incidents. To bring this under control, police used lathi-charge, tear gas, and firing. Police Commissioner went to the spot. Police bandobast is in place. Strict action will be taken against those offenders,” the Bengaluru police posted on tweeter.
GN Shivamurthy, Deputy Commissioner said, “The incident that took place last night is very unfortunate. A lot of damage has been caused to public property. I appeal to all the people of the city not to be provoked or disturbed by this incident.”
A curfew has been imposed in areas under KG Halli, DJ Halli, Bharathinagar, Pulikeshinagar, and Banaswadi police stations. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant took to his Twitter this morning and informed that 110 rioters have been arrested in connection with the incident of violence. There is a heavy police presence in eastern Bengaluru areas.
Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao also appealed people not to take the law into their hands.