Bengaluru riot: A violent public uproar took three lives and damaged significant properties in the South Indian state of Bangalore after a mob went on an arson spree on Tuesday night over an allegedly ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post by a relative of a Congress MLA.
Areas in the Pulakeshinagar assembly constituency in Bangalore wore a war-time look with charred vehicles and burnt properties in the surroundings after an unruly mob irked over the community sensitive post went on the arson spree.
Crowds started to gather near the house of the alleged politician’s relative who has been accused of posting the ‘blasphemous’ post on Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.
No resident of the house was injured, TOI reports.
Speaking to BBC Hindi, local police told officers who came on the scene were attacked with stoned hurled at them by the violent mob. All the 110, along with the stone pelter have been arrested, as per police.
To disperse the crowd, police first used batons and fired tear gas, and after measures were unable to tame the situation live ammunition was fired. Three people have been killed in the furor, Home Minister of Karnataka confirmed the deaths.
Tens of policemen were injured in the riot that continued until the wee hours of Wednesday. As per local media reports, the doomed post has now been deleted.
As per the latest story by Indian Express, the person behind the post that invoked the riot has been arrested. P Naveen, the man who posted the ‘derogatory’ post has been identified as the nephew of MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy.
“With regard to incidents in DJ Halli, accused Naveen arrested for posting derogatory posts… also a total of 110 accused arrested for arson, stone-pelting, and assault on police. APPEAL TO ALL TO COOPERATE WITH POLICE TO MAINTAIN PEACE,” Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant tweeted.
Meanwhile reports also confirm, the accused has stated that his account was hacked and he was not aware of the derogatory post made by his name. A senior police official confirmed Indian Express newspaper that chances of foul play cannot be ruled out at this time.
Many political and religious parties have slammed the incident as a pre-planned conspiracy.