A viral video showed Muslim youth forming a human chain in front of a temple to guard it during the violence. The violence erupted on Tuesday night in Bengaluru’s areas D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli over a derogatory post on Facebook by a nephew of a Congress MLA over Facebook.
The video showed young men holding their hands and making sure that rioters did not attack the temple in Pulakeshinagar.
In the video, it can be clearly heard that young men saying to protestors- “For God’s sake… Please stay away from here.”
Three people were killed and as many grievously injured after the Bengaluru Police opened fire to control the riots.
“We have formed this chain to show how we are here for all, but again we do not accept those who are trying to force RSS ideologies on people,” said one of the men who formed the human chain, reported ThePrint.
“This has happened several times earlier. We respect this temple, we respect Hindus. But we are fighting against those who have extremist views against us,” he added.
A local vendor in the violence-hit area said that the post hurt their sentiments but we are not with those who burn vehicles and attack others.
Rizwan Arshad, MLA of Shivajinagar, which is adjacent to Pulakeshinagar, told ThePrint he was proud to see such acts of kindness.
“We are so proud of our brothers, who think of such acts of kindness even during such testing times. They told me that they stand for peace and unity, and they will try and ensure such incidents do not recur,” he added.
Shashi Tharoor tweeted that the activity of rioters should not be generalized for an entire community.
“Those who incited and perpetrated the #bangaloreriots must be found, arrested & given exemplary punishment. But they are not to be equated with an entire community any more than thugs & vigilantes represent all Hindus. This also happened in Bangalore.”