At least three people died in Bengaluru city after protesters clashed with police over a provocative social media post about Prophet Muhammad. The Facebook post offensive to Muslims sparked protests in the tech hub on Tuesday night in which a police station was attacked, and a politician's house and vehicles were torched.
Three people have reportedly died and several others injured in the arson that resulted after an inflammatory social media post in parts of East Bengaluru. Over 100 rioters have been arrested, said the police on Wednesday.
Around 60 police personnel have sustained injuries in the violent incidents of stone pelting and attacks by rioters that erupted on Tuesday evening. Police had to resort to firing in order to bring the situation under control.
Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the city while curfew was clamped in the D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli police station limits. On Tuesday, the two police stations were targets of the violence.
City Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant said that 110 rioters have been arrested in connection with the violence. He also tweeted that the nephew of local MLA, accused of circulating an offensive Facebook post, has been arrested.
Police officials said that protestors had rained bottles at a police van transporting police personnel to the affected area.
Property of the Congress Legislator from Pulakeshi Nagar constituency was attacked and vandalised while several police vehicles were damaged in the violence unleashed by the irate mob on Tuesday.
City police have arrested the person accused of posting a derogatory message which triggered riots in Bengaluru east last night, an official said on Wednesday.
“With regard to the incidents in D.J. Halli, accused Naveen was arrested for posting derogatory posts,” said city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant.
Naveen is said to be the relative of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy.
Following his social media post, irate mobs resorted to rioting and arson in D.J. Halli, K.G. Halli, Pulikeshinagar and Kaval Byresandra.
Pant said 110 accused persons involved in the rioting have been arrested.
“Total 110 persons accused arrested for arson, stone pelting and assault on the police. Appeal to all to cooperate with the police to maintain peace,” said the police commissioner.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa said last night’s mischief lead to rioting and assault on Murthy’s home and the D.J. Halli police station.
He directed the officials to take action against the perpetrators.
“The attack on journalists, police and the public in the riot last night was unpredictable. The government will not tolerate such provocations and rumours,” said Yediyurappa in Kannada.
He said strict action against the perpetrators was certain and appealed to the people to act with restraint.
It took firing by the city police, resulting in the deaths of three people, to bring the riot under control in Bengaluru, a senior police officer.
“Due process was followed and firing happened and only then did the situation come under control,” Central Crime Branch (CCB) Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kuldeep Jain said.
Jain spent the whole night at the riot-affected places and only returned at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Since the riots occurred in the night, mobilising additional police forces took some time.
“We tried to convince them but the mob was violent and started pelting stones on the policemen. Because it was late night, mobilising police forces took a little time,” he said.
After controlling the riots around 1 a.m., police took up the task of identifying and arresting the culprits.
“Until 5 a.m. in the morning we have been identifying and arresting the people involved in the riot,” said the DCP.
According to Jain, the identification and arrests will continue as up to 1,000 people have been involved in the riot, and arresting 110 people is just the start.
All the 110 accused have been arrested under IPC Section 307 for an attempt to murder and for obstructing a public servant. (IANS)