Bengaluru Violence: Protesters set around two dozen cars on fire and surrounded a Congress MLA’s house in the Karnataka capital.
Three persons were killed in police firing and 60 policemen were injured after violence broke out in Bengaluru on Tuesday night over a Facebook message allegedly posted by a relative of a Congress MLA. More than 100 people have been arrested for violence, stone-pelting and assault on police personnel.
Protesters set around two dozen cars on fire and surrounded Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house in the Karnataka capital. Mr Murthy’s nephew Naveen, who allegedly posted the message on Facebook, has been arrested.
In a twitter post, The Bengaluru Police said, , “DG Halli and KG Halli saw violent incidents. Police bandobast is in place. Strict action will be taken against those offenders”. A police station was damaged in the violence.
Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said that the situation has been brought under control. While a curfew has been imposed in the violence-hit areas of DG Halli and KG Halli till tomorrow morning, large gatherings have been banned in the rest of Bengaluru city.
He condemned the incidents of arson and looting and said that additional police forces have been sent to the worst-hit areas. The police had been given a free hand to bring the situation under control, he added.
Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao appealed people not to take law into their hands. “Horrible situation in Pulakeshinagar after the attack on our MLA @AkhandaSrinivas house and the Kaval Byrsandra police station. Whatever the provocation, nobody can take law into their own hands and destroy public 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 have been done to incite disturbance,” he said further.