Three persons were killed in police firing and 60 policemen were injured after violence broke out in Bengaluru on Tuesday night over an offensive Facebook post allegedly by the relative of a Congress MLA. 110 people have been arrested for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel.
Protesters set around two dozen cars on fire and surrounded Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house in the Karnataka capital. Mr Murthy’s nephew Naveen, who allegedly posted the now-deleted message on Facebook, has been arrested.
“Police jeeps, buses, and other vehicles parked in the area were burnt by the violent mob. Stone pelting was also rampant in the area during the late hours. Two vehicles in which DCPs arrived at the site were overturned and burnt,”.
Former Chief Minister and leader of opposition Siddaramaiah condemned the attack on the house of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy on Tuesday night. “I condemn both violent incident that erupted in Kaval Byrsandra & also the social media post that instigated the mob. I humbly request both Hindus & Muslims of the area to stay calm, maintain peace & live in harmony,” Siddaramaiah said in a Tweet.
Siddaramaiah also said that he will extend complete support to the Karnataka Government in establishing peace. “I have spoken to Bengaluru Police Commissioner to immediately arrest all the culprits who were involved in the incident & also those instigated,” Siddaramaiah said. “Our experience tells us that only innocents suffer in the communal riots. I urge leaders from both the religion to discuss and resolve the issue amicably & restore peace in the area,” he added. Section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru by Bengaluru city Police commissioner after violence broke out in DJ Halli and KG Halli area. Section 144 is imposed in Bengaluru city from Wednesday (6 am) to Thursday (6am), commissioner said in an order.