Violence in Bengaluru over Controversial Social Media Post

3 people have been killed and many have sustained injurie in the police firing and more than 125 vehicles were put on fire in Bengaluru violence

Violence Breaks Out in Bengaluru
Violence Breaks Out in Bengaluru | Picture Courtesy: Ensuddi.com

Violence broke out in East Bengaluru areas including DJ Halli, KG Halli and Kaval Byrasandra in late hours yesterday (11th August 2020) allegedly over a derogatory social media post. It is reported by media that Naveen, nephew of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy had recently put a post hurting the Muslim sentiments on social media.

It is said that it was in this regard that the mob had taken to attack the house of MLA Srinivas Akhanda Murthy in the limits of DJ Halli and KG Halli Police Station limits of Kaval Byrasandra. While the mob tried to torch the house of MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, they were stopped by the Police. However, larger crowds gathered at DJ Halli and KG Halli Police Stations. They took to put the vehicles on fire, pelted stones and tried to set the police station on fire.

The police immediately called upon local leaders to convince and pacify the crowd. Even appeals from Congress MLAs BZ Zameer Ahmad Khan, Rizwan Arshad, and others went in vain.

The riot-like situation that prevailed from around 8.30 PM yesterday till 2.30 AM in the early hours today. The mob had set many houses and vehicles on fire. To get the situation under control, the police had taken to the use of force including Lathi-Charge, Tear Gas, and open firing. It is reported that at least 3 people have been killed and many have sustained injuries in the police firing. It is also said that 60 police personnel have been injured in the incident. At least 25 vehicles and more than 100 bikes were burnt during the incident.

The Police Commissioner of Bengaluru City, Kamal Pant has confirmed that at least the Naveen who was accused of posting derogatory posts was arrested and that 110 other people were also taken into custody by 5.30 AM in the morning today (12th August 2020) and appealed everyone to cooperate with the police. In the incident, even journalists were attacked both by the mob and the police.

CM BS Yeddyurappa has condemned the incident and has noted in his tweet that the perpetrators would be prosecuted. He has also noted that the government has initiated all measures to get the situation under control and has appealed to the masses to refrain from violence.

The opposition parties including Congress and JD(S) have demanded that a free and fair investigation must be initiated and the perpetrators be punished.

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has noted that “The riots at Kavalabhairasandra last night and the events that triggered it were both reprehensible. I appeal to both Hindu and Muslim communities to act with restraint and maintain peace. He has demanded immediate arrest and prosecution of the evildoers who instigated riots and responded with violence.
I have informed the Bangalore Police Commissioner. To the state government’s attempt to establish peace Our party is fully cooperating. The lesson of experience has taught us that an innocent person is the victim of such communal riots. First of all, the elders of both religions should come together and negotiate with each other to make peace. The attack on the police station is reprehensible. The police should not lose morale. In the case of such cases, the police should act promptly and take action against the guilty. Small neglect can lead to disaster.”

HD Kumaraswamy, Ex-Chief Minister of the state has noted that no religious community placed above the law. Anyone who does not respect the law of the land must be punished. The government must take stringent action against those who have been abused. Care must be taken to prevent such incidents from happening again. He has also noted that the person who insulted the Prophet must be punished and people taking to violence in the name of Prophet is to bury the spirit that Prophet stood for.

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