3 killed in Bengaluru violence, Sec 144 imposed

Three people were killed in police firing in Bengaluru and 60 police personnel injured, as violence broke out in the eastern part of the city on Tuesday night over a Facebook message posted allegedly by a relative of a Congress MLA.

110 people have been arrested for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel. Protesters set many vehicles on fire and surrounded MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house in the city. Murthy nephew Naveen, who allegedly posted the message on Facebook, has been arrested.

Murthy’s residence and office were vandalised by the protesting mob, which numbered around a thousand people.

Following the violence, prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits. Personnel of the Karnataka State Reserve Police and Rapid Action Force have been deployed to the area. Police resorted to lathi-charge to keep people indoors.

Violence had broken out after a mob gathered outside the residence of a legislator in northeast Bengaluru late Tuesday, pelting stones and setting ablaze some vehicles, allegedly because they were irked by a derogatory social media post shared by the MLA’s relative.

The incident took place at Kaval Byrasandra in Bengaluru, outside Pulkeshinagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s house. The mob alleged that a Facebook post by the MLA’s relative was offensive to Islam and its beliefs.

Meanwhile, at least five people, including three children, were charred to death and many others sustained burns when a Bengaluru bound bus they were travelling in caught fire on a national highway in Chitradurga district on Wednesday morning.