Three people were killed in police firing and several others including policemen, were injured after violence erupted in Bengaluru on Tuesday night over a controversial post on the social media.
The mob attacked a politician’s house, after his relative allegedly posted offensive post about a particular community on Facebook.
At least 24 four-wheelers and 200 two-wheelers were set ablaze. The mob also resorted to stone-pelting. The police opened fire, bursts tear gas shells and lathi-charged the protestors to disperse them. Over 100 people have been arrested for violence and assault on police officials.
“DG Halli and KG Halli 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,” Bengaluru police tweeted on their official handle.
The situation is currently under control now. At one journalist is also reported to be injured in the incident. Several platoons of police have been rushed to the spot. Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in Bengaluru.
Naveen, the nephew of Congress MLA Akhand Srinivasa, who posted the derogatory post and later deleted it has also been arrested.
“With regard to incidents in DJ Halli, accused Naveen arrested for posting derogatory posts.. also total 110 accused arrested for arson, stone pelting and assault on police. APPEAL TO ALL TO COOPERATE WITH POLICE TO MAINTAIN PEACE,” tweeted Kamal Pant, Police Commissioner, Bengaluru City.
Appeal For Peace
Meanwhile, a video emerged on the social media where a community can be seen trying to guard a religious institution. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared the video.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa also tweeted and warned that the government will ‘not tolerate such provocations and rumours.” MLA Akhand Srinivasa, whose house was attacked, also released a video appealing people to maintain peace.