The Karnataka government has said that the violence in Bengaluru appears to be part of a larger conspiracy to disrupt peace in the state.
The indication of an organised attack against the police and others comes a day after violence erupted in three localities of Pulekeshinagar assembly constituency in which at least three people died.
“This is a kind of organised way to create unrest,” R Ashok, Karnataka’s revenue minister told reporters in Bengaluru.
The incident was triggered after the relative of Indian National Congress legislator from Pulekeshinagar in Bengaluru, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy posted a cartoon that Muslims held was a derogatory reference to Prophet Mohammed. Though the police arrested the nephew of the INC MLA who had shared the cartoon, Muslim mobs that gathered outside in DJ Halli, KG Halli and Kaval Byrsandra localities attacked innocent passers-by and tried to burn down the police station in the neighbourhood.
The Muslim mob attacked Murthy’s home in the same locality. The riots which lasted a few hours ended with three people losing their lives, has left behind a trail of destruction as the mob went on a rampage, torching vehicles and pelting stones at the police and residences.
Ashok said that there was an indication that the rioters had kept knives,stones and other crude weapons ready to attack the police.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has ordered an inquiry into the incident which grabbed national attention. The riots come at a time when Bengaluru has seen a sharp surge in COVID- 19 cases and the incident on Tuesday night sparked fears of fresh infections due to the gathering of large crowds.
At least 110 persons have been arrested and several policemen and media personnel among others were injured.
It may be recalled that during the riots against the amended citizenship law, CAA, when the Muslim mobs had attacked lives and properties, Yediyurappa had said he would emulate Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s way of extracting compensation for the damages from the rioters.
Karnataka Muslim fury: 5 rioters led mob of 200-300 people
Five people have been named in the FIR filed in connection with Muslim mob violence in India’s IT capital Bengaluru who led a gang of 200 to 300 people.
As per the FIR, armed with machetes and other weapons the crowd raised slogans to hack cops to death. The mob even had plastic bottles filled with petrol which they hurled at cops.
Meanwhile, the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits has been extended till 6 AM on 15 August.
Muslim mob raised slogans to hack cops to death
Earlier on Wednesday, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that a district magistrate will hold an inquiry into the mob violence in Bengaluru and said so far 146 people had been arrested.
Talking to the media after the high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Bommai said that district magistrate will hold an inquiry into the incident as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission.
The arrested persons have been accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police.
The cops arrested accused Naveen, who is the nephew of INC MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy, for sharing a post disparaging Mohammed on social media. Muslim mobs attacked the MLAs house and set it on fire nevertheless.
Meanwhile, Karnataka INC working president Saleem Ahmed has alleged that the delay in police action against Naveen triggered violence in Bengaluru.
Section 144 extended till 15 August
“A post was put up by a person on the social media but police did not take immediate action. The delay in action against the person who posted the content had created tension in the area. They should have taken immediate action who had posted this,” Ahmed said.
Karnataka INC has set up a fact-finding committee which will visit the violence-hit areas.
Three people were killed and over 60 cops suffered injuries after violence erupted in the eastern part of the city on Tuesday night.