Three people were killed in Bengaluru after police opened fire as clashes broke out in parts of the capital of Karnataka last night after a youth allegedly posted content disparaging Islam on Facebook, infuriating the local Muslim community.
In the ironical development, the Muslim mob pelted stones at the residence of self-certified secular and supposedly pro-Muslim Indian National Congress’s (INC) MLA Akhanda Shrinivasa Murthy, DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. The youth, who is said to be associated with the INC lawmaker, has been arrested.
As many as 60 policemen sustained injuries as the Muslim mob hurled bottles and stones at them while protesting against the Facebook post which allegedly insulted the religious figure.
The city police commissioner Kamal Pant has said that the police has also detained 149 people for rioting. People familiar to the development said that the youth arrested for posting the content had denied his role saying that his social media account was hacked.
The police imposed Section 144 across Bengaluru, following the violence that erupted in some parts of the city. State home minister B Bommai said that nobody would be allowed to be the law unto oneself. He added that additional police forces had been deployed to maintain law and order.
The home minister has also briefed Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa about the incident. The chief minister in a tweet condemned the violence and ordered action against elements who violated the law — without naming either the Muslim or Hindu community.
Yediyurappa added that the miscreants who attacked the police personnel, media and the general public would not be spared. He also appealed for calm and asked people to not get incited.
Officials familiar with the development said that additional police forces had been deployed to ensure peace and security throughout Bengaluru city.
INC MLA AS Murthy will meet R Ashoka, Karnataka revenue minister, to seek protection for him and his family from the ire of the Muslim community. Murthy’s residence was burnt down in the violence that erupted late Tuesday night.