A facebook post with communal remarks sparked violent clashes in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Locals said a large number of people took to streets in parts of the city over the post by a man said to be a relative of a local politician. At least 3 people have been killed while 60 police personnel have been left injured in this riot. Around 200 cars were also destroyed in the riot.
After night-long tension following the arson and vandalism in the DJ Halli area of Bengaluru, police said Naveen, whose social media post sparked the vandalism, has been arrested. It was alleged by the mob that the Naveen is a relative of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy.
The mob gathered near the residence of the Congress MLA on Tuesday night and vandalised the house along with vehicles that were parked outside. After that they went on to vandalise the nearby police station believing the cops are hiding the accused man. A total of three people have been killed in the violence. Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has said,
Directives have been issued against perpetrators and the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation. Attack on journalists, police and public is unacceptable. The government won't tolerate such provocations and rumours. Strict action against perpetrators is certain.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant tweeted early Wednesday that over 100 people have been arrested.
With regard to incidents in DJ Halli, accused Naveen arrested for posting derogatory posts.. also total 110 accused arrested for arson, stone pelting and assault on police. APPEAL TO ALL TO COOPERATE WITH POLICE TO MAINTAIN PEACE.— Kamal Pant, IPS (@CPBlr) August 11, 2020
Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao also tweeted, urging people to maintain calm. He said,
What was written about the Prophet is the working of a sick mind with an intention to create violence. It is highly objectionable, and such statements about any person revered by any community need to be handled in the strictest way possible by the authorities.