Tensions ran high in Karnataka capital city Bangalore with a mob of over 1,000 vandalises tried to barge into MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house on Tuesday night. Situations soon gripped out of hands, while the vandalises torch a vehicle. With police opening fire, official data confirmed that three people were killed in police firing and 60 police personnel injured.
It all started with a communal and derogatory Facebook post dropped by an alleged relative of a Congress MLA, a few after which angry mobs went on a rampage in the Kaval Byrasandra area in Bengaluru to protest. The protestors started pelting stones at MLA’s house and set many vehicles on fire.
While lathi-charge, tear gas didn’t help, the police reportedly resorted to firing to disperse the violent crowd. 110 people have been arrested while four of the protestors suffered serious injuries. Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant who rushed to the spot minutes after which the firing orders were issued.
A police station was damaged in the violence and the protestors also destroyed 24 four-wheelers were set on fire; 200 bikes parked at a police station. Curfew has been imposed in the Banaswadi police sub-division, and Section 144 imposed across the city.
It was also learnt that one reporter was injured after being hit by the police while covering the situation while Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa condemned the attack and said strict action will be taken against the guilty.