3 Killed In Police Firing In Bengaluru Amid Violence Over Facebook Post
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 are arrested for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel.
Protesters set around twenty-four cars on fire and surrounded Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house. Mr Murthy’s nephew Naveen, who allegedly posted the now-deleted message on Facebook, has been arrested.
The incident happened within the DG Halli and KG Halli areas within the eastern a part of Bengaluru.
The police used lathi-charge and tear gas, but as they risked being overpowered by the violent crowd, they resorted to firing. The city police chief was quoted as telling Reuters.
“DG Halli and KG Halli saw violent incidents. To bring the situation under control police used lathi charge, tear gas and firing. commissioner visited the spot.
‘’Police bandobast is in place . Strict actions are going to be taken against those offenders,” the Bengaluru police posted on Twitter.
200 bikes kept at a police station were assail fire. A police station was damaged in the violence.
Bengaluru commissioner Kamal Pant said things has been brought under control . While a curfew has been imposed within the violence-hit areas of DG Halli and KG Halli till tomorrow morning, large gatherings are banned in the rest of Bengaluru city.
At least one journalist was injured after being hit by the police while reporting on the violence.
In tweets this morning, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa condemned the attack and said strict action would be taken against those involved in the violence.
The Congress MLA had released a video late last night appealing to people to take care of peace. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai also released a video message, saying people shouldn’t take law into their own hands.
He condemned the incidents of arson and looting and said additional police forces had been sent to the worst-hit areas. The police had been given full support to bring things in check , he said.
Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao appealed people to not take law into their hands.
“Horrible situation in Pulakeshinagar after the attack on our MLA @AkhandaSrinivas house and the Kaval Byrsandra police station . regardless of the provocation, nobody can take law into their own hands and destroy property ,” he said on Twitter.
“I urge all the people to maintain calm and the government to handle this delicate situation firmly but surely and not play politics. I also see a conspiracy in the way the Facebook post has been put out and it looks to been done to incite disturbance,” he said further.