Violence broke out in the eastern part of Banglore on Tuesday night. The violence broke over a Facebook message posted (regarding prophet Muhammad) allegedly by a relative of a Congress MLA. 3 policemen were killed in the violence and 60 police personnel were injured, reported NDTV. However, the post was later deleted.
For violence, stone-pelting and assaulting the police personnel, 110 people have been arrested. To disperse the crowd, police had to use tear gas, lathi-charge and firing.
Many vehicles were set on fire by the protestors. They surrounded MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house in Bangalore. The MLA’s nephew, Naveen, now got arrested for purportedly posting the message on Facebook.
“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,” the Bengaluru police posted on Twitter.
A curfew has been imposed in violent areas until tomorrow morning. 24 four-wheelers were set on fire and 200 bikes that were kept in the police station were also set on fire.
At least one reporter was injured after being hit by the police while covering the situation.
In tweets this morning, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa condemned the attack and said strict action will be taken against the perpetrators of the violence.
The MLA of Congress party also released a video of appealing to people to make peace. Basavaraj Bommai, Home Minister of Karnataka also released a video message saying that people should not take law in their own hands.
He further condemned the incidents of arson and looting. He said that additional police forces were sent in the violence-hit areas and the police are said to bring down the situation under control.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah too condemned the violence.