Bengaluru:Three people have reportedly died and several others injured in the arson that resulted after an inflammatory social media post in parts of East Bengaluru. Over 100 rioters have been arrested, said the police on Wednesday.
Around 60 police personnel have sustained injuries in the violent incidents of stone-pelting and attacks by rioters that erupted on Tuesday evening. Police had to resort to firing in order to bring the situation under control.
Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the city while curfew was clamped in the D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli police station limits. On Tuesday, the two police stations were targets of the violence.
City Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant said that 110 rioters have been arrested in connection with the violence. He also tweeted that the nephew of local MLA, accused of circulating an offensive Facebook post, has been arrested.
Police officials said that protestors had rained bottles at a police van transporting police personnel to the affected area.
Property of the Congress Legislator from Pulakeshi Nagar constituency was attacked and vandalised while several police vehicles were damaged in the violence unleashed by the irate mob on Tuesday.
Another mob barged into the DJ Halli police station and torched some vehicles and vandalised furniture, proceeding to attack a few policemen.
Hundreds of rioters raised slogans at the top of their voice and continuously banged the gate of DJ Halli police station.
Photographs showing the vandalism outside the DJ Halli police station went viral.
The mob chanted religious slogans even as some members from the same community tried to calm down the mob.
'Mat Karo', said one of the persons who tried to calm down the mob as many mask-wearing protesters came out into the streets.
Meanwhile, to control and disperse the mob, policemen in riot gear were deployed and baton-charged protesters who resorted to arson and also overturned the police vehicle.
Chamarajpet MLA B. Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan also requested the rioters to stay calm and maintain peace in the area.
"The incident that is happening in Kaval Bysandra is unfortunate. I am hopeful that police will take action against all those who are responsible for this," said Khan.
Commissioner Kamal Pant visited the riot-hit areas where a heavy police presence has been deployed, an official said on Wednesday.
More than an hour ago, Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind leader Mufti PM Muzzamil also sent out a video message from outside the DJ Halli police station, flashing a paper in his hand.
He said an FIR was lodged against the person who made the derogatory post and assured the protesters that he will be arrested.
Muzzamil appealed the rioters to keep their emotions in control.
Meanwhile, police mistook a couple of journalists as rioters and hit them with a pole.
"Your police hit my head with a pole even though we kept yelling we are reporters," complained a television journalist to the police commissioner.
Another journalist who went to cover the riot was hit in the back.
"We had to run from your police to save ourselves when there was a no mob present," said the injured journalist whose head was seen bleeding.
The journalist said that he and others came to see what is actually happening at the ground zero but were attacked by the police without any provocation even though there was no mob around.
Here Are Some Of The Disturbing Visuals From The Riots Which Have Gone Viral On Social Media
"Those who abuse Allah and His Messenger, Allah has CURSED them in this world and the Hereafter and prepared for them a HUMILIATING punishment" 33:57.
Let those Muslims who advocate to the contrary have the GUTS to say they don't believe in this order. pic.twitter.com/7ZHiEsh1Wx
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) August 11, 2020
I thought that Hindus were in majority and INTOLERANT but this video clearly shows who is burning Bangalore after they burnt Delhi... peacefuls are... nvm 🤭
— Sonakshi Dogra (@DograSonakshi) August 11, 2020
— Ajeet Prakash Pandey (@AjeetPandeybjp) August 11, 2020